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Tigers activate catcher Alex Avila from the disabled list

Jul 1, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

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After today’s loss to the Blue Jays, the Tigers activated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list and sent fellow backstop Bryan Holaday back down to Triple-A Toledo.

Avila landed on the disabled list earlier this month after he suffered a left forearm contusion when he was hit by a pitch, but he was able to make it back in the minimum 15 days. The 26-year-old batted .242 (8-for-33) with one home run, two doubles, and a 10/2 K/BB ratio over eight rehab games in Triple-A.

Avila seemingly emerged as one of the best young catchers in the game when he batted .295/.389/.506 with 19 home runs and 82 RBI in 141 games in 2011, but he’s hitting just .222 with 14 home runs and a .682 OPS since.


  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Welcome back Avila. I also hope that the Tigers enjoyed today’s Canada Day festivities at Rogers. The roof was open. The temperature was fine. The fans were having a blast and some crooked numbers were put up on the scoreboard. Delabar had a blast as in the 8th he struck out Hunter, Cabrera and Fielder. That made it 7 k’s in a row as on Saturday he struck out Ortiz, Napoli, Nava and Salty. I hope that Avila gets a chance to join that fine list. Tomorrow he will catch Fister and Wang will show his stuff to the Tigers. Fister or Wang? What ever you prefer!

  2. historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I’m happy about this because even though his offense has been lousy, he’s still our better defensive option. Viva Avila!

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