Alex Avila was hurt in a big collision with teammate Prince Fielder Sunday afternoon. The Detroit Tigers' All-Star catcher was attempting to catch a pop-up, as was Fielder, and the two collided. Avila had to leave the game, but Fielder remained in.
Jason Beck of MLB.com says Avila did not show any concussion-like symptoms but will be listed as day-to-day. Fielder's right arm hit Avila in the head which shook him up to the point of having to leave the game. Avila stayed on the ground for a few moments after the collision.
The Tigers went on to to lose the game 7-6 to the Cleveland Indians. The collision occurred in the sixth inning, and Avila had to be replaced by Gerald Laird.
Avila is hitting .248/.354/.389 this season. It has been a considerable step back for him compared with his 2011 season. Avila made his first All-Star appearance last season and hit .295 on the season. He also hit 19 home runs in 2011. While Avila did not make the All-Star Game this season and is having an off year, the Tigers are high on his ability.
The 25-year old is in his final pre-arbitration eligible season, and he is quickly establishing himself as the Tigers' catcher for years to come. He will factor in the Tigers' success for the foreseeable future. This year, the team may miss the play-offs, though. With yesterday's loss, the Tigers are 77-68 and two games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League East.
Avila's status is uncertain for the Tigers' huge upcoming series against the White Sox. Laird seems to be the immediate choice should Avila be unable to go.