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.
“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.
“Alex is going to see Dr. Kyle Anderson … tomorrow for another evaluation,” Ausmus said. “We should know more tomorrow.”
“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.
In a corresponding move, the Tigers are recalling the contract of catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.
While the Tigers have high hopes for McCann, they also like what they have seen over a span of time with Avila and Holaday.
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.
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.
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.
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.