Tigers catcher Alex Avila has left Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Baltimore after taking a foul tip off the mask.
Rookie catcher James McCann will start in Avila’s place as Detroit begins a crucial three-game series against the Royals, who were a half-game back in the AL Central.
Avila does have some power. His 162-game average as a major league player over 5-plus seasons is 16 home runs.
Age-related injuries began when Joe Nathan had Tommy John surgery at 35, and Nathan has given Tigers fans reason to wonder again this season.
The Tigers achieved a dramatic and overwhelming comeback Tuesday night largely on the strength of Castellanos, Avila, Suarez and Davis.
Avila told reporters Friday, before the team started its road series with Cleveland, that the theory is bogus.
After Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals the Tigers now trail the Royals by 1.5 games in the American League Central, a feat in which not many thought would happen.
Avila said that Verlander simply missed on a couple of pitches but overall looked solid.
Alex Avila can understand how Astros batters struggled to hit Robbie Ray’s deceptive fastball; at times Avila struggled to catch it.
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been scratched from the lineup against the Chicago White Sox due to lower back spasms.