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Alex Avila begins rehab assignment for concussion

Aug 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Alex Avila has been sidelined since suffering a concussion on August 10, but the Tigers catcher was cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment last night.

Avila went 0-for-2 with a walk at Triple-A, spending three innings behind the plate. His early exit was planned, although three innings are fewer than expected. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Avila will be back at catcher tonight for Toledo.

Avila is part of a disturbing number of catchers to spend time on the concussion DL during the past month. In his absence the Tigers have turned to Brayan Pena and rookie Bryan Holaday at catcher. Holaday hit his first career homer yesterday versus Minnesota.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    So frustrating that he was just getting back into a bit of a hitting groove and then went on the DL. Congrats to Holaday though.

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