11:23 PM EDT, Fri July 03, 2015
Grand Rapids Press 7 hours ago
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila starting at catcher, plus a new leadoff hitter

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila starting at catcher, plus a new leadoff hitter

As it turns out, Alex Avila wont have long to wait before he plays again. DETROIT -- As it turns out, Alex Avila won't have long to wait before he plays again. The Detroit Tigers catcher was recalled from Triple-A Toledo Friday afternoon and is in the starting lineup for the series opener tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays (7:08 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). Avila will start at catcher and bat sixth, his first first Major League appearance since May 7. He was later placed on the 15-day disabled list with a loose body in his left knee and has rehabbed for...
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Tigers DFA Joba Chamberlain, Tom Gorzelanny, activate Alex Avila from DL

The Tigers got some fresh arms for their bullpen while shaking it up by designating two struggling relievers. DETROIT -- Friday afternoon the Detroit Tigers made a series of moves, designating relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment as first reported by BYB's own Kurt Mensching and Catherine Slonksnis. As well, the team also activated catcher Alex Avila from the disabled list, optioning catcher Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo. With Chamberlain and Gorzelanny being DFA'd, the the team also called up right-handed pitcher Jeff Ferrell from Triple-A Toledo, as well as...
Grand Rapids Press 7 hours ago
Detroit Tigers activate Alex Avila from disabled list, option catcher Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo

Detroit Tigers activate Alex Avila from disabled list, option catcher Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo

The Detroit Tigers have activated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list following a brief rehab assignment in Triple-A Toledo. DETROIT -- Alex Avila is back in Detroit. Bryan Holaday is heading back to Toledo. As expected, the Detroit Tigers have activated Avila from the 15-day disabled list following a brief rehab assignment in Triple-A Toledo. To clear a spot for Avila, the Tigers have optioned Holaday to Triple-A Toledo, the team announced Friday. Avila, who had been sidelined since May 9 with loose body in his left knee, will be available for...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 28, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila, James McCann will likely reassume previous roles when Avila returns

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila, James McCann will likely reassume previous roles when Avila returns

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Alex Avila will re-assume his role as the teams regular catcher when he is activated from the disabled list. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers rookie James McCann has exceeded expectations since taking over primary catching duties after Alex Avila hit the disabled list last month. But don't expect McCann to remain the everyday catcher when Avila rejoins the team, which could happen by the end of this week. Things are going to change. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Avila will likely reassume his role as the team's...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila goes 1 for 3 in first game for Toledo

Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila goes 1 for 3 in first game for Toledo

The Detroit Tigers have added some depth to the middle infield with the signing of Alberto Gonzalez. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila played in his first game since early May. Avila went 1 for 3 on Friday night for Triple-A Toledo in the first game of a rehabilitation assignment. Avila has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a loose body in his left knee. Avila was out on a pop-up in the second inning, singled in the fourth and struck out in the sixth for Toledo in its series opener against Norfolk. Avila caught for five innings and left the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 26, 2015
Twitter Talk: On playing time for Detroit Tigers catchers, Justin Verlander and Jane's Addiction

Twitter Talk: On playing time for Detroit Tigers catchers, Justin Verlander and Jane's Addiction

How will playing time for Alex Avila and James McCann shake out once Avila is back from the disabled list? Probably about the same way it did before Avila was hurt. On Thursday afternoon, I asked for Twitter Talk questions. Then I spent the next half hour looking for the perfect live version of a Jane's Addiction song to feature at the end of Twitter Talk this week. When I returned to Twitter, I found several versions of the same question. Let's sample a few right away. @ComericaEric @Chris_Iott How will catching duties work when Alex Avila comes back? McCann...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 22, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila likely to start rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo later this week

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila likely to start rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo later this week

Avila has been on the disabled list since May 9 due to a loose body in his left knee. CLEVELAND -- Catcher Alex Avila is likely to start playing in just a few days. He could return to play for the Detroit Tigers in about 10 days. Avila is likely to start a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday and is likely to play for the Mud Hens for a week or more before being activated. "In general, he'll probably go catch, DH, catch, DH for probably a week, eight days," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Then we'll see where he's at." Ausmus said Avila...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 9, 2015
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila awaiting second opinion on left knee after complaining of soreness

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila awaiting second opinion on left knee after complaining of soreness

Alex Avila will need to get some at-bats on a rehabilitation assignment before rejoining the Detroit Tigers. It seems highly unlikely hell get those at-bats later this week. DETROIT -- Alex Avila will need to get some at-bats on a rehabilitation assignment before rejoining the Detroit Tigers. It seems highly unlikely he'll get those at-bats later this week. Avila has been shut down for the time being after complaining of soreness in his left knee this past weekend in Chicago, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday. Avila underwent an MRI exam on Monday and is...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 5, 2015
Brad Ausmus: 'It's conceivable' that Alex Avila, Victor Martinez could start rehab stints next week

Brad Ausmus: 'It's conceivable' that Alex Avila, Victor Martinez could start rehab stints next week

Avila appears to be closer to a return than Martinez, who continues to work out in Florida and is expected to rejoin the Tigers on Tuesday in Detroit. But both of them appear to be headed in the right direction. CHICAGO -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus saw Alex Avila up close. He saw Victor Martinez on video. He liked what he saw out of both of them. Ausmus threw batting practice to Avila and saw video of Martinez running and hitting Friday afternoon prior to the series opener against the Chicago White Sox. Avila appears to be closer to a return than...

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