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Tigers catcher Alex Avila playing through knee injury

Oct 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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Alex Avila doesn’t plan to miss any time, but both the All-Star catcher and manager Jim Leyland admitted yesterday that the knee injury he suffered while stepping on Robinson Cano‘s foot in Game 3 is a concern.

“Minor injuries happen to everybody,” Avila told Jason Beck of MLB.com. “Whether I was injured badly or not, I’m not really coming out of the game anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”

My first thought upon reading that quote is the injury is more serious than anyone is letting on and Beck writes that some Tigers “wondered if it was something worse.” With that said, Avila repeatedly called it “nothing major” and “just a little twist.”

Victor Martinez is unable to catch because of his own knee injury, so if Avila does end up missing any time Omir Santos would likely be behind the plate for Detroit.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    The Tigers probably have only 9 more innings left anyway so there’s not much time to be missed.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Oct 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    At a glance this is a spitting image of Ken Caminiti in a Padres uniform.

  3. Detroit Michael - Oct 5, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Omir Santos has 22 at bats in his MLB career. Ouch!

  4. Earl Westlake - Oct 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Peyton Hillis scoffs at Avila’s will to play through injury.

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