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After taking beating behind plate, Alex Avila makes early exit from Game 5 of ALCS

Oct 17, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

Alex Avila AP AP

UPDATE: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Avila exited the game with a left patellar tendon strain and is considered day-to-day.

9:46 p.m. ET: Alex Avila was forced to make an early exit from Game 5 of the ALCS, two innings after a home plate collision with David Ross.

Avila twisted his left knee in the collision with Ross, then took a foul tip off the facemask in the top of the fourth inning. Combine that with the beating he took yesterday, both behind the plate and hitting, Tigers manager Jim Leyland decided to make a change.

Not having Avila available hurt the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Brayan Pena came up as a pinch-hitter with runners and first and second and grounded into an inning-ending double play against Jon Lester. The Red Sox still lead it 4-0 going into the top of the fifth inning.

  1. SOSHITECH.COM - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Reblogged this on SoshiTech.

  2. Joe - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Not having Avila available hurt the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Brayan Pena came up as a pinch-hitter with runners and first and second and grounded into an inning-ending double play

    ….because Alex Avila was pretty much guaranteed to hit a home run in those circumstances.

    • blacksables - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Statistical models say…..

  3. drelms - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    They knock our catcher down and he has the pleasure to do the same to theirs. Go Sox

    • emdash01 - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Those two collisions were not remotely comparable, in terms of the impact.

  4. bigmeechy74 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    I hate home plate collisions.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      I used to love them, but we know too much about brain injuries now to enjoy them at all.

  5. philliesblow - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    The NFL has fined Ndamukong Suh $50,000 for Ross’s hit on Avila.

  6. rdwoncc - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I would blame Cabrera for Avila’s injuries. David Ross sent a message; “want to play that way…ok. Oops sorry about that”

  7. 18thstreet - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Brain Kenny is reporting (or at least saying) that Avila got a concussion:

    https://twitter.com/MrBrianKenny/status/391181414257135617

    Awful. And part of what’s remarkable about it (to me) is that Ross lowered his shoulder into Avila’s shoulder. It’s not like he put an elbow to Avila’s temple. And it caused a concussion.

    MLB can probably tweak the rules to handle this: catchers can’t block the plate, and runners can’t knock over the catcher. And then everyone’s on even footing, right?

    I have the sense that there are fans (especially) football fans who minimize the severity of a concussion. I don’t understand that at all. Our brains are not like our knees and elbows. Maybe if concussion had been named “bruised brain” or “brain injury,” we’d all take their occurrence more seriously. I’ll say this much: my son is never, ever playing real football.

    • sabatimus - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      When I saw the replays, and saw Avila trying to blink away cobwebs, I figured the knee injury report by the Tigers was false. Especially since Avila never once grabbed his knee and popped right back up after the home plate collision.

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