Tigers catcher Alex Avila is again not in the lineup for Friday’s series opener in Kansas City against the Royals. Manager Brad Ausmus told the media that his catcher felt “disoriented” while swinging a bat on Thursday and Friday, per MLive.com’s Chris Iott. Avila has been battling the effects of a concussion and hasn’t played since Sunday. Following tonight’s contest, he will have started in only nine of the Tigers’ 17 September games.
With 10 games left in the regular season schedule, one has to wonder if Avila will be able to make it back before the post-season begins. While he’s out, Bryan Holaday and James McCann will handle catching duties, with McCann starting tonight.
In 436 plate appearances, Avila has hit .223/.331/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI on the season.