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Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila exited a game early last week after taking a foul ball off his face mask. He complained that he was dealing with potential concussion-related symptoms, and following the game he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Avila was initially cleared to play, but he was scratched from yesterday's lineup and placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, reports Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Yesterday morning, Avila complained that he was nauseous and light-headed. Manager Jim Leyland told reporters that anything dealing with concussions "is something you don't want to fool around with," so the team scratched Avila from the lineup and soon after sent him to the DL.
Avila is not traveling with the Tigers to Chicago, but he'll instead head back to Detroit to undergo further examination. While Avila said that after being cleared to return from the concussion scare he had "no doubt in my mind that I'm physically and mentally capable of player," he'll now be shut down for an extended stretch until he's once again given the OK to return.
Avila isn't posting stellar numbers this season, but teams still never want to be without their regular behind the plate for a significant amount of time. There's no way to tell how long Avila will be sidelined, considering he'll have to pass testing that can take players days or weeks to be cleared from. For the time being, the Tigers have replaced the 26-year-old with Brayan Pena.
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