By Ashley Dunkak
After struggling through a season of more foul tips than coaches and teammates have seen any other catcher endure, Detroit Tigers starter Alex Avila is out of commission with delayed concussion symptoms.
Thursday he took a foul tip to the side of the head, and when he reported dizziness, the Tigers removed him from the game. Doctors cleared him to play Friday but said he could use another day off. He caught Saturday’s game, but the dizziness returned, so Detroit has placed Avila on the seven-day disabled list.
It is Avila’s second stint on the disabled list this season. He missed the last half of June when he spent 15 days on the disabled list for a left forearm contusion.
Just like the Tigers did when Avila was unavailable then, they have called up Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo to back up Brayan Pena.