15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 7 days ago

Avila (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Avila exited Saturday's game against the Rangers with a tight right hamstring and was moving gingerly around the clubhouse afterward. With the White Sox determining that Avila's mobility was too compromised to play regularly over the next few days, the team decided to stash him on the DL and call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith figures to serve as a lightly-used backup to Dioner Navarro, who will take the reins as the White Sox's primary catcher in the wake of Avila's absence. Avila was batting just .214 while splitting catching duties with Navarro, and now that he's headed to the DL, it may make sense for those that own him in deep leagues to cut him and explore other options.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 1 week ago

Avila (hamstring) will be reevaluated Sunday. Manager Robin Ventura said after Saturday's game that Avila was not "moving around too well."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Avila left Saturday's game in the seventh inning due to tightness in his right hamstring and was subsequently replaced behind the plate by Dioner Navarro. Given Ventura's comments plus the fact that the White Sox have an early afternoon game Sunday following an extra-inning contest, Navarro will likely serve as the backstop for the series finale against Texas.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 1 week ago

Avila left Saturday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, Scot Gregor of The Daily Herald reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Dioner Navarro came on to catch in the seventh inning Saturday in place of Avila, who exited with some hamstring tightness. It's too early to tell whether Avila will be able to catch Sunday, but with an early afternoon start on tap in Chicago, Navarro could certainly get the start behind the plate for the series finale against the Rangers.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 2 weeks ago

Avila is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

For the third day in a row, Avila will give way to Dioner Navarro behind the plate. Neither one of them is off to a good start offensively, as Avila has the upper hand at .136 compared to Navarro's .045 mark, so the two may continue alternating playing time.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 2 weeks ago

Avila is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Avila has been behind the plate for three of the White Sox's last three games, and while he still appears to have an edge over Dioner Navarro for regular catching duties, he may need to show more offensive production to keep his spot atop the depth chart. He's batted just 3-for-22 (.136) with no extra-base hits on the season.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 4 weeks ago

Avila is out of the lineup Monday against the A's, CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It had been reported that Avila would be the starter behind the dish on Opening Day, but for whatever reason the White Sox went back on that and gave the nod to Dioner Navarro, who will hit eighth. This should be a pretty even timeshare in the early going, with both players having a chance to distinguish themselves with a hot start.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 1 month ago

Avila will be the starting catcher on Opening Day, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Avila has been battling Dioner Navarro for playing time behind the dish, but Avila will get the first shot at starting to begin the season. This may just be because right-handed Sonny Gray will be on the mound for the Athletics, but it's still good to see that they aren't giving all the starts to the switch-hitting Navarro.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 1 month ago

Avila (back) returned to action Tuesday and went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI against the Rangers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He missed a few days after leaving Saturday's game with lower-back stiffness, and should be considered fully healthy heading into the start of the season.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 1 month ago

Manager Robin Ventura said that Avila (back) will catch Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Avila's back flared up on Saturday, but the issue seems to be fairly minor considering he expects to return after only a couple days off. This is especially good news for Avila, as this keeps him from getting to far behind Dioner Navarro in the competition for more time behind the plate.

15DAlex Avila C/1B CWS 1 month ago

Avila (back) said that he could return to Cactus League action as soon as Monday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Avila noted that he felt better Sunday after lower-back stiffness resulted in his early removal from Saturday's game, and it should be no more than a few days before he's back behind the plate again. He'll likely open the season in a timeshare with Dioner Navarro behind the plate, though it's not clear which player is the leading candidate to get the Opening Day nod.