Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers got a boost. They activated Alex Avila from the disabled list. Avila had been struggling this year leading up to the injury that landed him on the DL, but the team hopes his return can spark a nice run and hopefully turn things around for the 26-year old catcher.
Avila was placed on the DL back in the middle of June with a deep bruise on his left forearm. He was able to rest the arm, recover, and re-join the team yesterday. Avila did not play in the Tigers loss to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, but he should be in the lineup soon. Detroit has been using Brayan Pena at catcher during Avila's absence.
The Tigers had high hopes for Avila after his 2011 season. That year, Avila hit .295/.389/.506 with 19 home runs. He made the American League All-Star team that year as well. However, 2012 and thus far in 2013 have not been kind to Avila. Last season, he hit .243/.352/.384. So far this season, Avila is hitting .172/.271/.288.
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Detroit has lost their division lead with their loss yesterday. They now trail the Cleveland Indians by a 1/2 game. If they are going to turn things around, they need player like Avila - the ones who are expected to perform well - to produce.
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