Former Tigers Catcher Alex Avila Signs With White SoxAvila (the son of Tigers general manager and vice president of baseball operations, Al) has spent his entire major league career in Detroit.
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.
WATCH: Alex Avila Makes Incredible Diving Catch Into Stands In Debut At First BaseOn Saturday, catcher Alex Avila -- fresh off the disabled list -- was asked to make his major league debut at first base.
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.
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.
Victor Martinez, Alex Avila Both Back To Baseball ActivitiesThe 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.
Always Be Looking For High Performers At Thin Fantasy PositionsCatcher 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.
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.
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."
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.
Knee Surgery Likely For Avila, Hopeful To Be 'Good As New' For Second Half Of SeasonIn a corresponding move, the Tigers are recalling the contract of catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.
McCann Faces Uphill Road To Significant Playing Time In 2015While the Tigers have high hopes for McCann, they also like what they have seen over a span of time with Avila and Holaday.