Found June 06, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
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DETROIT Alex Avila needs to go on the disabled list. Avila having to leave Tuesday night's game after the fifth inning after his right hamstring tightened up on him again was not the reason the Tigers lost a 4-2 game to the Cleveland Indians in front of 33,258 at Comerica Park. What Avila's been going through is what a lot of the Tigers have been going through this season. Before the game, Avila talked about how bad he felt this weekend watching Omir Santos have to try to catch pitchers that he's not used to catching with the exception of rookie Casey Crosby and watching someone like Justin Verlander struggle. You could see Avila felt like he might have made a difference, either behind the plate or at it. When Avila threw out Shin-soo Choo at second base to end the fifth inning, Tigers fans got a glimpse of some of what Avila brings to the table when he's healthy. He helps the pitchers control the running game. Avila said he was going for an MRI right after he left the clubhouse. "It is frustrating," Avila said. "It is part of the game, though. Cant really feel sorry for yourself. It was feeling a lot better than it was in the last series. I was hoping, the work I was doing, and the way I was feeling, that I was going to be able to play maybe not at 100 percent, but enough to be fine. Just wasnt the case. And weve just gotta figure it out." Manager Jim Leyland briefly addressed his team before the media entered his office. "I just told them I appreciate the guys that have tried to play through injuries, which they have, these guys are trying to play hurt, and like I told them, the way it works to me, the good Lord and injuries, it just takes time," Leyland said. As much as he wants to play and as high as his tolerance for pain clearly is, Avila at 50 percent or whatever he might be at this point is just not helping. Just as when Austin Jackson was trying to get treatment for his abdominal strain and Andy Dirks was trying to get treatment first for his hamstring and now for his Achilles wasn't helping. Those two eventually went on the DL. Doug Fister went on the DL immediately after straining his left side in his first start of the season against Boston. He seemed to be fine when he came off the DL but you could see he wasn't right. When Fister's completely healthy, he does not fall behind batters. He just doesn't. "Time heals injuries, for the most part," Leyland said. "And we've been trying to fool with this thing and you know what, it's really driving the trainer crazy, it's driving the players crazy because they think it's going to be four days, well then it turns into five, it turns into six. Then you start having hindsight, well, maybe we should have DL'd him." My guess is from now on, Leyland will be more likely to err on the side of putting players on the DL rather than trying to fudge his way through with a short bench. Now clearly just-called-up Matt Young didn't help much Tuesday, striking out four times in his Tigers' debut, but as Leyland said, the Tigers are in a fight, they're in the corner, wobbly, and they need some healthy fighters to take up the cause. "Everybody misses players, everybody has injuries," Leyland said. "I don't want any excuses here. Because when you're not going good, and things like this happen, whether people believe it or not, subconsciously that's a little outlet for you. I've managed a long time. I know how that works. Instead of the attitude, 'I'm going to do something to pick this team up,' you take the attitude, 'We don't have this guy.' "What we got is still pretty good. We've got to fight our fannies off, that's just the way it is. You've got to slug it out. I'm not going to let them get knocked out. They gotta come out fighting." It's just time for the Tigers to quit fighting their injuries and let them heal.
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