Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was not available for
Monday’s contest against the Chicago White Sox after developing a headache
during batting practice, reports Chris Iott of MLive.com:
"He wasn't going to play under any circumstances,"
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after his team’s 5-4 loss to the Chicago White
Sox. “And I can't tell you about tomorrow. That's a real touchy one when you
start messing with upstairs. I'll have to feel 100 percent that he's totally
cleared before I play him."
Avila was knocked out of Sunday’s contest after colliding with first baseman Prince Fielder. The players
each converged on a pop up, resulting in the collision. Fielder’s right arm hit Avila in the head,
and the backstop remained on the ground for several moments before exiting the
While he didn’t show concussion-like symptoms following the
game, the Tigers still listed Avila as day-to-day. Leyland noted that his starting catcher
wouldn’t have been in the lineup against the White Sox even if he hadn’t
developed the headache during batting practice.
Prior to the injury, Avila was in the midst of his most
productive month of the 2012 season, collecting four extra-base hits and six
walks in 32 at-bats. On the year, the
25-year-old has hit .247/.355/.388 with 20 doubles and eight home runs over 340