By DAVE HOGGFOXSPORTSNEWS.COM
Alex Avila gets hit with a lot of baseballs, so he knew right away Sunday that this one was bad. The Tigers catcher had just been hit on the left forearm by a fastball, and crumpled to the ground in pain.
Of course, that seems to happen at least once or twice a game, usually on foul tips, but this time, he didn't bounce back up. He ended leaving the game with what the Tigers hope is only a badly bruised arm, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
"That is as much pain as I have ever been in on the field," Avila said. "I didn't know if it was broken or not, but I knew I wasn't going to be playing the rest of the game."
A preliminary scan in Minnesota didn't show a break, but Avila was waiting for Comerica Park's x-ray technician to arrive to get a definite answer.
"I want to know, but there's no one here yet that can run the equipment," he said. "Maybe Donnie (Kelly) could do it - ...