Alex Avila

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Always Be Looking For High Performers At Thin Fantasy Positions

Catcher and the three infield positions are often the most difficult to find good players on your fantasy teams, because the talent pool is so shallow. If you don’t grab a stud at those positions early in your draft, you may get stuck with a revolving door of middling players all season long.

05/16/2015

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 27: Joakim Soria #38 and Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a win of the game against the Minnesota Twins on April 27, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Avila Will Avoid Surgery; No Immediate Timetable For Return

“I can’t give you an exact time frame, [but] it’s certainly shorter than what they expect if he’d have had surgery,” Ausmus said.

CBS Detroit–05/14/2015

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 1:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals slides into home as he scores against Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers in the third inning on May 1, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Avila Will Get Third Opinion On Knee; No Decision On Surgery Yet

“Alex is going to see Dr. Kyle Anderson … tomorrow for another evaluation,” Ausmus said. “We should know more tomorrow.”

CBS Detroit–05/12/2015

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 29: Oswaldo Arcia #31 of the Minnesota Twins hits a two run home run as James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers catches during the fourth inning of the game on April 29, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 10-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Insights From Avila Help McCann As He Takes On Role Of Starting Catcher

“He’s really good about helping with those nuances and kind of making that learning curve not as big of a learning curve,” McCann said.

CBS Detroit–05/09/2015

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 1:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals slides into home as he scores against Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers in the third inning on May 1, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Knee Surgery Likely For Avila, Hopeful To Be ‘Good As New’ For Second Half Of Season

In a corresponding move, the Tigers are recalling the contract of catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.

CBS Detroit–05/09/2015

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05:  David Price #14 talks to Bryan Holaday #50 of the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

McCann Faces Uphill Road To Significant Playing Time In 2015

While the Tigers have high hopes for McCann, they also like what they have seen over a span of time with Avila and Holaday.

CBS Detroit–02/25/2015

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05:  Trainer Kevin Rand helps Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers leave the game after he was hit with a foul tip in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Avila was removed from the game.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Avila Making Adjustments To Deal With Harmful Foul Tips

Avila is now wearing a hockey-style mask while catching, but no matter what’s on his head, the more palatable solution is to avoid getting hit in the first place.

97.1 The Ticket–02/21/2015

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05:  Trainer Kevin Rand helps Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers leave the game after he was hit with a foul tip in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Avila was removed from the game.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tigers Exercise Option On Avila

Selected as a Gold Glove finalist, Avila turned in a .218 batting average – the lowest of his career – and an on-base percentage of .359.

CBS Detroit–11/17/2014

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05:  Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers reacts as he strikes out in the fourth inning as Nick Hundley #40 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Alex Avila Named In Trade Reports

If the Tigers would move Avila that would make room for minor league catcher James McCann, who appeared in 12 games for the Tigers in September.

97.1 The Ticket–11/13/2014

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05:  Trainer Kevin Rand helps Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers leave the game after he was hit with a foul tip in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Avila was removed from the game.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Despite Host Of Moves, Tigers Have Yet To Make Decision On Avila

The Tigers did not announce a decision on catcher Alex Avila’s future, who has had a history of concussion issues stemming from the beatings he takes from foul balls while behind the plate.

97.1 The Ticket–10/31/2014

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