Alex Avila C DET 3 days ago

Avila will start at first base Saturday in place of the injured Miguel Cabrera (calf).

Avila just returned from an injury of his own, but he will get the first shot at covering first base with Cabrera on the disabled list. The Tigers' plans for first base in Cabrera's absence are uncertain, but Avila will at least be part of the mix, even though Saturday's game will represent his first big league start at first base. He will hit fifth in the Tigers' batting order.

Alex Avila C DET 3 days ago

Avila is getting the start at catcher Friday and hitting sixth against the Blue Jays.

He was activated from the DL earlier in the day so this was anticipated. While Avila slots back in at first on the depth chart, James McCann did a fine job in his absence and should continue to see 40-50 percent of the action behind the plate.

Alex Avila C DET 3 days ago

As expected, Avila (knee) has been activated from the 15-day DL.

While Avila figures to see most of the starts against right-handed pitching, it's likely that James McCann will remain in something that resembles a timeshare behind the plate, at least initially. Bryan Holaday was optioned to Triple-A to clear space on the roster for Avila.

Alex Avila C DET 3 days ago

Avila (knee) will likely be activated from the disabled list Friday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Avila isn't with Triple-A Toledo, suggesting his rehab assignment has come to an end. If that indeed is the case, he'll finish the assignment with six hits (including a home run) in 20 at-bats. James McCann has more than held his own in Avila's absence, but the veteran still figures to get most of the playing time behind the plate.

Alex Avila C DET 6 days ago

Avila (knee) could return to the Tigers by the end of the week, The Detroit Free Press reports.

Avila has ramped up his activity since beginning his rehab assignment on Friday, having caught back -to-back days. According to the report, he caught seven innings Monday after he was supposed to serve as the team's designated hitter and said that his knee feels good. He is slated to DH on Tuesday at Triple-A Toledo before catching again Wednesday.

Alex Avila C DET 1 week ago

Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Sunday that Avila (knee) would likely overtake James McCann for primary catching duties when he returns from the DL,'s James Schmehl reports.

McCann has generally performed well in place of Avila the last several weeks, but Avila's veteran status and greater familiarity with the Tigers' pitching staff will likely weigh heavily in his favor. Expect the two catchers to employ a platoon in which Avila sees the larger share of at-bats, as McCann has posted a .308 average against lefties this season but just a .230 mark versus right-handers. Avila is expected to catch about five innings for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday and remain on assignment for the full week before possibly being activated next weekend.

Alex Avila C DET 2 weeks ago

Avila (knee) will begin his rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Toledo, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Tigers plan to have Avila alternate between catching and DH'ing during his rehab stint. Avila is scheduled to catch between three and five innings Friday, followed by DH'ing Saturday before catching again on Sunday. Barring a setback, Avila could return to the Tigers sometime in the next two weeks.

Alex Avila C DET 2 weeks ago

Avila (knee) is likely to start his rehab assignment on Thursday with Triple-A Toledo, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

After avoiding surgery following the discovery of a loose body in his knee, Avila's road back to the majors has been littered with setbacks. However, he finally appears to be back on track to return to the Tigers in the near future, with his rehab assignment being the final step to his return.

Alex Avila C DET 3 weeks ago

Avila (knee) expects to return well before the All-Star break, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Avila hopes to begin a rehab assignment late next week, and both he and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus expect the assignment to last four-to-six games. That would put Avila on track to rejoin the big-league club in early July, possibly giving him more than a full week of action before the All-Star break.

Alex Avila C DET 3 weeks ago

Manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Avila (knee) is "close" to beginning a rehab assignment and will throw to bases Thursday Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Avila continues to work his way back since being cleared for baseball activities earlier in June. Fenech reported that Ausmus indicated Avila's rehab assignment could last longer than Victor Martinez' rehab. Avila is slated to catch a bullpen this weekend when the team travels to New York, after which he may be ready to start his rehab assignment.