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VIDEO: Avila has trained his padawan, James McCann, very well ...

There are some things that James McCann does very differently from Alex Avila.And some he does quite the same.Wednesday night, he took a page out of Avila's book to retire Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, jumping onto the backstop netting to catch the foul fly. Avila did the same thing, last September.Here's the video:Your browser does not support iframes.
Grand Rapids Press May 14, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila says avoiding surgery is best choice for short term as well as future

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila says avoiding surgery is best choice for short term as well as future

The decision could affect Avilas future both with the Tigers in 2015 and beyond. DETROIT -- Alex Avila does not know what the timeframe is for his return to the Detroit Tigers. He's not even sure if the "loose body" that is bothering his knee is, well, loose. But he does know that he is not going to undergo surgery to have the knee repaired. Instead, he will rest it and then go through a rehabilitation process that he believes will have him back on the field sooner than would have been the case had he had surgery. "I took the enhanced MRI and doctors basically...
Grand Rapids Press May 13, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila will not have surgery on left knee, expected to play during 2015 season

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila will not have surgery on left knee, expected to play during 2015 season

Avila certainly seemed to be headed toward surgery when the Tigers placed him on the disabled list last week with a loose body in his left knee that had been bothering him for about three weeks. DETROIT -- Alex Avila will not have surgery on his left knee. He is expected to return at some point during the 2015 season. But at this point, there is no timetable set for that return. The Detroit Tigers announced that news Wednesday evening about a half-hour before the start of their game against the Minnesota Twins. "Alex Avila was examined today by Dr. Kyle...
Grand Rapids Press May 12, 2015
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila seeks third opinion on injured left knee; no decision yet on surgery

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila seeks third opinion on injured left knee; no decision yet on surgery

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila will meet with Dr. Kyle Anderson on Wednesday for a third opinion after being diagnosed with a loose body in his left knee late last week. DETROIT -- There's still a strong likelihood that Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila will need to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left knee But the Tigers want to make sure it's absolutely necessary. Avila will meet with Dr. Kyle Anderson on Wednesday for a third opinion after being diagnosed with a loose body in his left knee late last week. Avila, who underwent an MRI exam on...
Bless You Boys May 10, 2015

Detroit Tigers will miss Alex Avila's contributions during time on disabled list

Tigers' catcher Alex Avila has contributed both offensively and defensively, and his production will be missed while he is on the disabled list. Alex Avila will be out of action for the next several weeks with a knee injury that will probably require arthroscopic surgery. He has been the Detroit Tigers' starting catcher for the past five seasons, and was playing about 60 percent of the time behind the plate, hitting .200/.342/.317 in 74 plate appearances this season. This injury hurts the Tigers more than some are letting on. Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus, who was a major league catcher for...
Grand Rapids Press May 10, 2015
Analysis: Status of Hernan Perez limits Tigers' ability to replace Alex Avila's left-handed bat

Analysis: Status of Hernan Perez limits Tigers' ability to replace Alex Avila's left-handed bat

No matter what the naysayers say, the Tigers will miss Avilas offensive. Due to Perezs status, theres not much they can do to replace it. DETROIT -- What does the status of utility player Hernan Perez have to do with the status of starting catcher Alex Avila? More than one might think. The Detroit Tigers are likely to be without Avila for weeks if not months due to the "loose body" in his left knee that has him on the disabled list. He is very likely to have surgery and is hopeful to return for the second half of the season. His loss will hurt the Tigers --...
Bless You Boys May 9, 2015

Tigers place Alex Avila on 15-day DL with 'loose body' in left knee

The 28-year-old catcher is out for the foreseeable future for an injury that may require surgery. DETROIT -- Last night it was a right arm contusion. But that's not why Alex Avila has landed on the disabled list.  The Detroit Tigers placed the backstop on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 7 for a loose body in his left knee. Considering Avila's .342 on-base percentage and history of getting beat up behind the plate, it's not a surprise that no one knew about it before now. Avila got an MRI on Saturday and the Tigers will get a second opinion from a knee specialist on the best...
Grand Rapids Press May 9, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila likely to undergo knee surgery, hopeful to be back following All-Star break

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila likely to undergo knee surgery, hopeful to be back following All-Star break

Avila and the Tigers will not decide on a course of action until some additional doctors look at the MRI he had Friday, but it seems extremely likely that he will have arthroscopic surgery on the knee. DETROIT -- Alex Avila's left knee has been bothering him a lot for the past few weeks. He got some bad news when he finally had it checked out.  Avila has a loose body in his left knee and was placed on the disabled list Saturday morning. Avila and the Detroit Tigers will not decide on a course of action until some additional doctors look at the MRI he had...
Grand Rapids Press May 9, 2015
Detroit Tigers place Alex Avila on disabled list with knee injury, recall Bryan Holaday from Toledo

Detroit Tigers place Alex Avila on disabled list with knee injury, recall Bryan Holaday from Toledo

Alex Avila was a late scratch from the starting lineup Friday night due to a right arm contusion. But now hes headed to the disabled list with a loose body in his left knee. DETROIT -- Alex Avila was a late scratch from the starting lineup Friday night due to a right arm contusion. But now he's headed to the disabled list with a knee injury. The Detroit Tigers announced Saturday morning that Avila has been placed on the disabled list with a "loose body" in his left knee. The move is retroactive to Thursday. The Tigers have recalled catcher Bryan Holaday from...
Grand Rapids Press May 8, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila listed day to day; Chris Young likely to start against Detroit on Sunday

Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila listed day to day; Chris Young likely to start against Detroit on Sunday

Alex Avila was a late scratch from Fridays starting lineup after he complained of soreness in his right forearm, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed late Friday. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila had no problem hitting the ball. It was throwing the ball that proved to be a bigger challenge for Avila on Friday night. Avila was a late scratch from Friday's starting lineup after he complained of soreness in his right forearm, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed late Friday. "He was able to hit, but he wasn't able to throw," Ausmus said after...
Grand Rapids Press May 8, 2015
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila scratched from lineup with contusion on right forearm

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila scratched from lineup with contusion on right forearm

Alex Avila was a late scratch against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night due to a contusion on his right forearm, the Tigers announced shortly after the games first pitch. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was able to finish Thursday's game after taking a foul ball off his right forearm late in the game. But he wasn't able to suit up for the start of Friday's game. Avila was a late scratch against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night due to a contusion on his right forearm, the Tigers announced shortly after the game's first pitch. His status for...
Grand Rapids Press May 5, 2015
White Sox 5, Tigers 2: Shane Greene roughed up again, Alex Avila homers in loss to Chicago

White Sox 5, Tigers 2: Shane Greene roughed up again, Alex Avila homers in loss to Chicago

The loss drops the Tigers out of first place in the American League Central. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes went a combined 0 for 15 with a walk and five strikeouts. CHICAGO -- Shane Greene continues to trend in a bad direction for the Detroit Tigers. Greene was roughed up for the third consecutive outing Tuesday night as the Tigers suffered a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The loss drops the Tigers (17-10) a half game behind the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. Alex Avila hit a solo home run for the...
Grand Rapids Press May 3, 2015
Watch highlights from the Detroit Tigers' 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals

Watch highlights from the Detroit Tigers' 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals

It was a good day all around for the Detroit Tigers, who pulled out a 6-4 win over the Royals on Sunday for a split of the four-game series in Kansas City. KANSAS CITY -- Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run. Alex Avila drove in three runs. And Anibal Sanchez took a perfect game into the sixth inning. It was a good day all around for the Detroit Tigers, who pulled out a 6-4 win over the Royals on Sunday for a split of the four-game series in Kansas City. The win was the second straight for the Tigers, who leapfrogged the Royals and reclaimed first place in the...
Twinkie Town Apr 27, 2015

Gamethread: Tigers @ Twins

Torii is back in the lineup and Nunez is still the DH against David Price and the Tigers Bless You Boys Kinsler 2B, Iglesias SS, Cabrera 1B, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez, Cespedes LF, Avila C, Perez 3B, Gose CF, Price SP Minnesota Twins Dozier 2B, Hunter RF, Mauer 1B, Plouffe 3B, Nunez DH, Suzuki C, Robinson LF, Schafer CF, Santana SS, Milone SP
Grand Rapids Press Apr 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Avila his hitting just .189 with a .645 OPS this season, but McCann is hitting just .174 with a .469 OPS. DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians have right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the mound. But Brad Ausmus is going with Rajai Davis and James McCann in the starting lineup. Ausmus starts Anthony Gose and Alex Avila, both left-handed hitters, against most right-handed starters. Gose has six hits and 14 strikeouts in his past 27 at-bats but is still hitting .333 for the season thanks to an extremely hot start. Gose batted .500 through his first 18 at-bats this...

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