DETROIT Perhaps the off day was just what the doctor ordered for some of the Tigers' walking wounded.
Catcher Alex Avila, who missed the weekend with a right hamstring strain, was back in the lineup Tuesday after getting treatment on the off day Monday.
"As a catcher you're never going to be 100 percent," Avila said. "I'm about as close as I can get right now and I feel like I can play and be productive."
Avila said it was very difficult for him to watch the Yankees series, especially Sunday when Justin Verlander had some uncharacteristic struggles.
"I felt very, very bad this weekend, just watching, knowing that (Omir) Santos had to go back there, not having caught him and those guys not having thrown to him," Avila said. "It was very hard to watch. They did the best job they could. I just felt bad."
Manager Jim Leyland was worried about Joaquin Benoit after Saturday night's game when he ended up throwing a pitch to the screen after a late call for time and felt tightness in ...