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Alex Avila sits out rehab game after experiencing headache

Aug 24, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

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Alex Avila began a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Toledo after being sidelined due to a concussion, but his return to the Tigers is temporarily on hold.

According to Chris Iseman of, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Avila had to make an early exit from his first rehab game due to a headache. The 26-year-old went 0-for-2 with a walk and caught three innings before exiting. He didn’t have any symptoms yesterday, but was held out of action as a precaution. The hope is that he could be able to serve as the DH today.

“You just take it slow for a day and then see how it plays out, and we’ll get him back into action,” Leyland said.

Avila is batting just .198/.288/.340 with nine home runs and 36 RBI over 73 games this season, though he was showing some signs of a turnaround prior to his concussion. While Brayan Pena and Bryan Holaday have done most of the catching during his absence, Victor Martinez made his first start behind the plate in two years last night.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I would sweat this a lot more if Tubby Laird was still behind the plate. I can’t get over what an upgrade 2013 has been. Yea.

  2. romoscollarbone - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Concussions are no joke. I felt off for about 6 weeks, after mine. And all I did was slip on ice and bop my head.

  3. sampleskaren - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:26 AM

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