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Sun, 05 May 2013 10:30:34 -0700
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (illness) is not in the starting lineup against the Houston Astros Sunday, May 5, because of an illness. C Brayan Pena is starting behind the plate.
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:59:18 -0700
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (head, shin) will not start against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 13, after he was hit in the helmet by a bat and had a pitch fouled off his right shin Friday, April 12. Avila told manager Jim Leyland that he could be available Saturday, but Leyland decided to err on the side of caution.
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:18:29 -0800
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) said he is healthy this offseason after tendonitis in his knee put a damper on his 2012 season. "I'm already able to do stuff this offseason I wasn't able to do last offseason," Avila said. At the beginning of the season I was fine. But by (May) when I had to miss those two or three games in Seattle, I could hardly walk. It was pretty sudden."
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:57:29 -0800
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) is optimistic that his cranky left knee won't affect his performance this year, and he continues to think that he should be a regular catcher. "I am an everyday catcher. I expect to play every single day," said Avila, who ended last season in a platoon situation with C Gerald Laird. "I mean, what's going to dictate that is my play, and that's my job. That's how I look at it. I plan on catching a lot of games this year." Part of the reason he entered into a timeshare down the stretch last year was because of his .176 average and 30 strikeouts in 85 at-bats against left-handed pitching. Avila received platelet-rich plasma injections shortly after the World Series ended, and he said it has had great results.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:30:31 -0800
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Austin Jackson, SP Doug Fister and C Alex Avila Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to one-year deals with each. Fister will make $4 million, Jackson will earn $3.5 million and Avila will receive $2.95 million this year.
Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:57:35 -0800
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) has picked up his running program, and he's on a schedule of three weekly baseball-running sessions. "Victor is not running at full speed, but he is running very well," team trainer Kevin Rand said. "We are doing low-volume (work) right now with a warm-up, turns at the bases, simulated running out of the batter's box and going from first to third." Martinez won't be pushed in spring training, but he'll be ready to serve as the designated hitter on opening day. He's been hitting live pitching and he hasn't had any issues swinging the bat. Martinez is expected to be the emergency third catcher this year with Cs Brayan Pena and Alex Avila doing the work behind the dish.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:36:08 -0800
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said a number of things accounted for C Alex Avila's drop in production, most notably nagging injuries, but the skipper also thinks a less aggressive approach at the plate set him back. "I'm not saying anything I haven't told his dad (assistant GM Al Avila); I'd like to see him more aggressive. I felt like there were too many times this year he was hitting with two strikes on him, and he was only getting one swing. That's just my personal opinion. I'm not a hitting coach, but he's a very selective hitter - I felt a little bit too selective."
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:14:17 -0800
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee shortly after the World Series, and after taking some time off, he resumed working out with teammate 3B Miguel Cabrera three weeks ago. He said Friday, Dec. 14, that is feeling "great."
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:35:41 -0800
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent C Brayan Pena (Royals) to a one-year deal Monday, Dec. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed. Pena is the favorite to serve as the backup catcher to C Alex Avila.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:10:09 -0800
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) will not be allowed to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic next spring. Martinez is running and taking swings as part of his rehab from knee surgery, and he's expected to be ready for spring training. Also, C Alex Avila, who battled nagging injuries the last two years, was asked not to play for Spain.