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Avila was held out of workouts for a second straight day Saturday due to a back issue but is expected to return Sunday, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.

Avila's back tightened up a bit Friday but he reported feeling better Saturday, and manager Brad Ausmus said that he would be "shocked" if the 28-year-old isn't back on the field Sunday. The skipper recently said he is considering Avila for the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is considering Avila for the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The departure of Torii Hunter this offseason opened up a spot in front of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the lineup. Since the Tigers lack a prototypical leadoff candidate, Ian Kinsler is the best bet to handle that role against righties, but Avila's historical on-base tendencies could give him the upper hand in claiming a valuable spot in the batting order this spring.

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Avila (concussion) confirmed Thursday that he has been cleared for all physical activity and will not have any restrictions at the start of spring training, MLive.com reports.

There was some speculation after Avila suffered a concussion in Game 3 of the ALDS, his second concussion in as many months, that the 27-year-old could be forced into early retirement. However, he said that "never even crossed my mind." Avila has fully recovered from his latest round of concussions, but he said he plans to switch to a hockey-style catcher's mask next season in an attempt to prevent any more head injuries. He appears in line to open the year as the Tigers' primary catcher, but could slip into a platoon if James McCann fares well in spring training.

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Avila is currently expected to play the majority of the games at catcher next season, though the Tigers are prepared to make James McCann more of a presence behind the plate, the Detroit News reports.

Experts have determined that Avila will be fine to resume a regular workload behind the plate in 2015 despite his history of concussions -- he suffered three last season alone -- but it sounds like he'll essentially be grooming his eventual replacement in McCann. McCann could work himself into a short-end platoon role with a strong spring, with the report even suggesting he could even move into a relatively even timeshare with Avila as the season progresses. The Tigers are expected to let Avila, who posted just a .686 OPS last year, walk at the conclusion of the 2015 campaign.

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Avila's $5.4 million option was picked up by the Tigers on Monday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Avila suffered a concussion in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles, and there was initially questions whether he would return given it was his third of the season. He announced in mid-October that he was symptom free and was returning, and now it appears his return will come with the Tigers. The 27-year-old had a down season in 2014, batting .218/.327/.359 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI.

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Avila (concussion) is symptom free and wants to continue with the Tigers, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.

Avila left Game 3 of the NLDS against the Orioles with his third concussion of the season. There were questions surrounding whether or not he would continue to play following the string of head injuries, but the catcher indicated he has no plans on retiring. "No," he said. "I've had three mild concussions in my career. I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy. And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern."

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Avila sustained a concussion during Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Orioles, MLive.com reports.

Avila, who has a lengthy history of concussions, took a foul tip off the mask and was removed from the game in the sixth inning. He's suffered three concussions this season alone and has been removed from four contests due to concussion-like symptoms. Regardless, Avila said he has no plans to retire. "Unfortunately, I've had a few concussions over the last few years and it's something that I have to monitor and be aware of," Avila said. "It's nothing to take lightly, and something I've obviously thought about. It's always in the back of my mind. I love playing this game. And I'm going to keep playing as long as I can and as long as there's no risk to my health."

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Avila left Sunday's game in the sixth inning after taking a foul ball off the mask, MLive.com's Chris Iott reports.

Avila had trouble getting up after the stray foul ball hit him in the mask, and was ultimately forced out of the game. Bryan Holaday replaced him behind the plate.

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Avila is out of the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

Avila returned from a head injury Monday to start consecutive games behind the plate for the Tigers, during which he batted 1-for-8 with five strikeouts. It seems like he's fully recovered from the head injury in advance of the postseason, but manager Brad Ausmus could opt to rest him a couple more times as the regular season winds down. Bryan Holaday will catch for Justin Verlander on Wednesday.

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Avila (head) is back in the lineup Monday against the White Sox, The Oakland Press reports.

Avila hasn't played in the team's last six games after taking a ball to the mask last weekend. He was experiencing concussion-like symptoms over the past week but has been officially cleared by Major League Baseball to return to action. He'll be behind the plate and bat seventh against White Sox starter Chris Bassitt.