Tigers catcher James McCann channels his inner Spider Man with leaping catch

Tigers rookie catcher James McCann has definitely held his own both offensively and defensively while filling in for the injured Alex Avila. But on Wednesday night we saw McCann take his defensive efforts to the next level when he unleashed his super spidey sense. In the fifth inning, Martin Maldonado hit a pop-up behind home plate into the netting in front of the stands. But that...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers catcher Alex Avila makes decision on knee surgery

After seeking a third opinion on his injured left knee, Tigers catcher Alex Avila has opted not to undergo surgery. Avila was told that he would likely need to arthroscopic surgery after being diagnosed with a loose body in his left knee late last week. But after meeting with Dr. Kyle Anderson on Wednesday, Avila announced that he has decided against surgery and will instead rehabilitate...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers catcher Avila to get third opinion on knee before making decision on surgery

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been told that he'll likely need arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. But he will get a third opinion before making a decision to go under the knife. Avila will meet with Dr. Kyle Anderson on Wednesday for a third opinion after being diagnosed with a loose body in his left knee late last week, according to MLive: Avila, who underwent an MRI...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

McCann on the spot for Tigers with Avila injured

DETROIT (AP) Rookie catcher James McCann should have plenty of chances to make an impact over the next few weeks. Alex Avila, Detroit's regular catcher for the past few seasons, is dealing with a knee problem, and that means McCann will have to play a bigger role than expected at this early stage in his career. McCann made his major league debut last September, and he looked like...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Price has hamstring injury, Avila put on 15-day DL

DETROIT -- David Price has a mild strain of his right hamstring, and the Detroit Tigers plan to decide early next week when the star left-hander will make his next start. Price got hurt on a fluky play Friday night against Kansas City, stepping on a bat that had been tossed aside by the plate umpire in anticipation of a play at home. The Tigers disclosed the extent of his injury...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit's Avila goes on DL, Price has hamstring strain

DETROIT (AP) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee issue, and the team said left-hander David Price has a mild strain of his right hamstring. Detroit announced Avila's move to the DL on Saturday and recalled catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers described Avila's injury as a ''loose body'' - he said ''it's like a piece...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Avila on the 15-day DL with a knee injury, could be out until after the All-Star break

The Tigers announced Saturday that catcher Alex Avila was placed on the 15-day DL with what was described as a ‘loose body’ in his knee. So what the hell does that mean? Apparently a piece of bone or cartilage became loose in the knee and may have to be scoped out via arthroscopic surgery. This means the veteran catcher could be lost for about 2-3 months or return to the lineup...
Via The Majors Detroit
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.3: Twins at Tigers

When the Tigers trotted off the chilly Comerica diamond with an easy 11-0 win to warm them, I doubt any of them realized they had done something no Tiger team had ever done, which is begin the season with two consecutive shutouts. In fact, the last time any American League team did the double-shutout start was when the 1977 Angels did so, behind Nolan Ryan and good old Frank Tanana...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Notes: Cabrera takes break from treadmill; back keeps Avila out Friday

LAKELAND, Fla. -- No one will rush Miguel Cabrera this spring. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski has said it and the Tigers proved that Friday morning. Cabrera, who is still recovering from right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in his navicular bone, did not run on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. "Today was more of a rest day...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Detroit Tigers that need to rise above

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that ‘water always finds its level’. Well, for the Detroit Tigers in 2015, they’re going to need a few players to rise above what is expected of them and play excellent baseball. I will be posting a series of articles identifying certain categories of players within each position group (offense, starting pitching, and bullpen) and breaking...
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Avila making adjustments to deal with harmful foul tips

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) The difference is a subtle one, and it barely stands out to the untrained eye as Alex Avila sets up behind the plate at spring training. While preparing to receive a pitch, the Detroit catcher lowers one knee to the ground, a move the Tigers hope will help Avila avoid harmful foul tips by keeping his head lower. ''Foul tips generally come off the top half of...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

New mask, catching style, hitting approach for Tigers' Avila

LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's an important spring and season for Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Not only is Avila's wife about to give birth to their second daughter within the next few weeks, Avila is making some significant changes in his game. He suffered three concussions last season and has had others in previous years, so the Tigers are trying to do as much as they can to help Avila avoid...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers and Blue Jays had ‘discussions’ about Dioner Navarro

With question marks surrounding Victor Martinez’s knee and Alex Avila’s concussions, the Tigers apparently explored the idea of trading for Toronto’s Dioner Navarro according to Jeff Blair  of Blair went as far as saying the two teams ‘had discussions’ regarding the Blue Jays catcher who now is limited to a backup role after the Jays signed Russell Martin...
Via The Majors Detroit
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers will try Alex Avila at first base

In the event that Miguel Cabrera isn’t ready for opening day, the Tigers are looking at backup options for first base which apparently include working out Alex Avila at the position during Spring Training according to Jon Morosi. Tigers plan for Alex Avila to work out at first base a little in spring training, in case Miguel Cabrera is not ready for Opening Day. — Jon Morosi...
Via The Majors Detroit
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers' Avila to try new mask this season

TOLEDO, OHIO -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila will have a new look this season. Before their appearance in Toledo with Mud Hens fans, manager Brad Ausmus said that Avila will wear a hockey-style catcher's mask this season. "I tried it my very first spring training in a bullpen one time," Avila said. "I didn't give it much of a chance. I'm very traditional. When I started catching, I...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers exercise $5.4M option on C Alex Avila

The Detroit Tigers have exercised the $5.4 million option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. Avila fell 43 plate appearances short of a $100,000 bonus for next season.“I’m happy they did (pick up the option),” Avila told Chris Iott of MichiganLive, “and I’ll be ready to go for next season.”Avila, a six-year player, broke into the league in 2009, but it was not...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers love Alex Avila, maybe you should too

Detroit Tigers fans far and wide seem completely fed up with Alex Avila. The Detroit Tigers themselves are not. They have signed off on his option year, which will keep Avila in Motown for the 2015 season at the price of $5.4M. Clearly Avila is not the player that took the American League by storm in 2011. That year, after a so-so rookie campaign, he hit .295 with 33 doubles, 19...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Alex Avila is not retiring despite concussions

The Detroit Tigers finished the 2014 season with a record of 90-72, first in the American League Central. Their season ended following a loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS, three games to none. The Tigers head into the off season looking to boost a pitching staff that was 24th in the Major Leagues in ERA. Another concern is the health of catcher Alex Avila, who suffered...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite concussions, Alex Avila wants to return to the Tigers in 2015

Since being struck in the mask during the ALDS earlier in the month, Tigers catcher Alex Avila insists he’s concussion symptom free and probably would be playing right now if Detroit was still in the postseason. “I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy,” Avila told Chris Iott of MLive...
Via The Majors Detroit
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Avila leaves game after foul ball off mask

DETROIT (AP) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has left Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Baltimore after taking a foul tip off the mask. Avila, who has had concussion problems in the past, was hit by a ball off the bat of Steve Pearce in the sixth inning Sunday. Trainer Kevin Rand came out to check on Avila, who eventually walked off the field to a nice ovation from the Detroit...
Via AP on Fox
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Avila's injury casts spotlight on MLB concussion protocol

Fans at Comerica Park were thrilled to see Alex Avila back behind home plate on Monday as the Tigers played host to the Chicago White Sox. The downside was that Avila didn't seem to be feeling himself, going 0-for-4 and striking out three times as Chicago defeated Detroit 2-0. Avila did manage a lead-off single in the seventh inning Tuesday night, when the Tigers beat the White Sox...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila returns to lineup

The Detroit Tigers fell to the Chicago White Sox last night by the score of 2-0. The loss dropped the Tigers to 86-70, a game ahead of the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. With six games remaining, the Tigers still hold a good position in the playoff race. They saw the return of catcher Alex Avila, who had been out with a concussion. #455401528 / gettyimages.comI...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila's latest absence is over

DETROIT -- It took a little longer than the Tigers might have wanted, but Alex Avila is back from his latest brain injury. Due to the complications of clearing a player to return from a concussion, Tigers trainer Kevin Rand had told the media that Avila wouldn't be able to play until Tuesday. However, when Brad Ausmus finally released the lineup 45 minutes before Monday's first pitch...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' Avila remains sidelined with dizziness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tigers catcher Alex Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup. Rookie catcher James McCann started in Avila's place as Detroit began a crucial three-game series against the Royals, who were a half-game back in the AL Central. Avila took a...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila still not symptom-free

The Detroit Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday by the score of 4-3. The loss dropped to Tigers to 84-67 on the season, first in the American League Central. The Tigers have been excellent all season offensively, ranked 2nd in the Major League in runs scored. They were without catcher Alex Avila, who is still dealing with concussion symptoms. Bryan Holaday started for...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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