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 clubh...