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Tigers activate Alex Avila from DL, lose backup Gerald Laird to hamstring injury

Jun 21, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Alex Avila missed the minimum 15 days on the disabled list and is now back on the Tigers’ active roster after being sidelined by a hamstring injury.

His return comes at a good time, as the Tigers lost backup Gerald Laird to a hamstring injury yesterday after relying on him to do most of the catching in Avila’s absence.

Avila went 3-for-7 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A. He was hitting .250 with five homers and a .766 OPS in 44 games before being shut down, which presented a 45-point drop in batting average and 130-point drop in OPS compared to his breakout 2011 season.

Laird came into the season as a career .242 hitter, but batted .302 in limited action.

  1. hushbrother - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Avila’s 2011 was a fluke. Laird is a more valuable offensive player than Avila, no matter what the MVP voters say.

    • gigab0t - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Were you paying attention in 2010?

  2. dawgpoundmember - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    they didnt really lose Laird..leyland said he is available off the bench today and they sent holaday back to AAA ball so Laird is not going on the DL

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