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.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer, quarterback Tom Brady, has a new place to live in the Bay Area: Derek Jeter’s house:
Brady has arrived in Tampa Bay and is in the process of moving his family into the sprawling, 30,000-square foot mansion on Davis Islands built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed. The home features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an entertainment room and billiards room that wraps around a pool with two boat lifts providing access to Tampa Bay.
It’s like a crossover episode conceived by sports yakkers like me. It’s like a gift from Content Heaven. Like, I had NO reason to talk about Derek Jeter today, but now I can mention how much progress he has made as a human being. After all, a mere 16 years ago he wouldn’t move 25 feet to third base to make room for Alex Rodriguez — and wouldn’t move to his left for anything — but now he’s willing to completely move out of his house for Brady.
See, we can all grow, even in trying times like this. Bless you, Derek.