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Alex Avila

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 05: Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers hits a solo home run in the 2nd inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

ICYMI: Alex Avila Makes Diving Catch Into The Stands [VIDEO]

Avila made the day’s most spectacular defensive play, diving into the crowd far down the right-field line to retire Russell Martin in the fourth inning.

97.1 The Ticket–18 hours ago

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WATCH: Alex Avila Makes Incredible Diving Catch Into Stands In Debut At First Base

On Saturday, catcher Alex Avila — fresh off the disabled list — was asked to make his major league debut at first base.

97.1 The Ticket–07/04/2015

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a photo during the Tigers' photo day on February 28, 2015 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Should James McCann Remain The Tigers’ Starting Catcher With Avila Coming Back?

Avila is hitting .200 in 22 games this season, he batted .218 in 2014, and .227 in 2013.

97.1 The Ticket–06/29/2015

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 Meeting Up With Mud Hens For Rehab Stint

“James McCann’s done an excellent job … but experience is huge when it comes to that position,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday.

CBS Detroit–06/25/2015

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 24: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers is hit by a pitch from Cleveland Indians Danny Salazar as Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians works behind the plate during the first inning at Comerica Park on April 24, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Victor Martinez, Alex Avila Both Back To Baseball Activities

The Tigers are currently on a five-game losing streak. With a 28-25 record, Detroit is third in its division, 3.5 games out of first place.

CBS Detroit–06/03/2015

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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

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