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Alex Avila Starts Rehab Assignment

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 16: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers looks on as trainer Kevin Rand checks on Alex Avila #13 after Avila was hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins on June 16, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Avila left the game. The Tigers defeated the Twins 5-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 16: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers looks on as trainer Kevin Rand checks on Alex Avila #13 after Avila was hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins on June 16, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Avila left the game. The Tigers defeated the Twins 5-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Tigers catcher Alex Avila began his minor-league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Toledo.

Avila, who served as the designated hitter, finished 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game since June 16. He is hitting .172/.271/.288 in 163 at-bats before landing on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm injury.

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