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Alex Avila is out of today’s lineup

Sep 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

Alex Avila

The Tigers will be without their starting catcher today as Alex Avila is still apparently feeling the effects of his collision with Prince Fielder today — who wouldn’t be? — and is being held out of the Tigers-White Sox game.

The good news: it appears to only be a sore jaw, not a concussion, meaning that Avila should be back soon.

But really, I can’t think of anyone in baseball who takes a bigger beating that Avila. It’s always something, and on top of that is the fact that he hasn’t had as many days off as most starting catcher get down the stretch the past couple of years.

  1. cur68 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Man. That’s a catcher’s worst nightmare: that dump truck bearing down on you, running like the last cheeseburger in the world is behind the plate and you’re in his way…

    Well, a sore jaw isn’t that bad, but Avila doesn’t remember the collision. No concussion? Really? Fielder knocked him backwards in time and Avila doesn’t have a concussion? Check him next week: he’ll have caught up in time. I bet he has a concussion then.

    • chromedog - Sep 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Last time I checked,…they both were on the same team,…there couldn’t have been a cheeseburger behind him,..

  2. Detroit Michael - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    At least the Tigers obtained a real second-string catcher this year, so they should be able to rest Avila more. In 2011, once they concluded that Victor Martinez couldn’t catch, they didn’t really have an MLB quality back-up catcher and Leyland played Avila almost every day down the stretch.

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