Alex Avila C DET 5 days ago

Avila (knee) will receive treatment on his left knee Wednesday, and could be cleared for baseball activity soon, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.

Avila's timetable remains somewhat undefined at this point, but it appears he's nearing a step forward in returning to baseball activities. He still has a ways to go, however, as this is just the first step on the road to recovery.

Alex Avila C DET 1 week ago

Avila (knee) is making progress in his rehab, but there is still no timetable for his return, according to

He's experiencing less discomfort going up and down stairs, so that's good news. But with James McCann performing well, both behind the plate and at the dish, the Tigers won't feel pressure to rush Avila back.

Alex Avila C DET 2 weeks ago

Avila (knee) has begun rehabbing to strengthen the muscles in his left knee, reports.

Avila, on the DL due to a loose body in his knee, is without a timetable to return, but he said he hopes to know more later in the week. The catcher opted to forego surgery on the knee with the expectation that he'll be able to return sometime this season.

Alex Avila C DET 3 weeks ago

Avila (knee) was examined Wednesday and will opt to avoid surgery, which should allow him to return later this season.

This was the third opinion Avila received on his knee injury, and while we know he will not opt for surgery at this time, he is still without a timetable to return. However, the Tigers suggested Tuesday that he could potentially come back in the second half, so consider him out until at least after the All-Star break for now.

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Avila (knee) will receive a third opinion Wednesday, and there has still been no final decision made regarding surgery, Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.

It sounds like the Tigers are just doing their due diligence before opting for arthroscopic surgery, which is the largely anticipated course of action. Avila is expected to be back at some point in the second half, assuming he undergoes surgery, and James McCann figures to get most of the starts at catcher in the meantime.

Alex Avila C DET 3 weeks ago

Avila is likely to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, reports.

An MRI revealed a "loose body" in Avila's ailing left knee, resulting in his placement on the 15-day DL on Saturday. The 28-year-old is very likely to have the knee scoped, and while the Tigers have not given a timetable for Avila's return, manager Brad Ausmus said he's hoping to have him back for the second half. James McCann will see most of the time behind the plate in the interim.

Alex Avila C DET 3 weeks ago

Avila has been placed on the 15-day DL with a loose body in his left knee.

Avila missed Friday's game with a forearm contusion, but that's likely completely seperate from what has landed him on the DL. James McCann will take over behind the plate, with Bryan Holaday called up to fill the backup role.

Alex Avila C DET 3 weeks ago

Avila was a late scratch Friday due to a right forearm contusion suffered Thursday, Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press reports.

Avila was struck in the forearm by a foul ball Thursday, which is the likely cause of the contusion causing him to miss Friday's contest. Fortunately, the injury is nothing more than a deep bruise, which shouldn't cause him to miss too much time.

Alex Avila C DET 3 weeks ago

Avila was a late scratch for Friday's game against the Royals, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.

Avila's reason for being scratched is not yet known, but he'll sit Friday in favor of James McCann behind the plate, who'll bat eighth for the Tigers. The team should provide an update on his status at some point, indicating the reason why Avila was scratched Friday.

Alex Avila C DET 4 weeks ago

Avila is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Avila has started behind the dish each of the last four game -- picking up five hits and four RBI in that span -- so it appears to be nothing more than just a regular day off. James McCann will slot into the lineup as the catcher Wednesday in his stead.