Tigers catcher Alex Avila took a Steve Pearce foul ball off of his face mask at the beginning of the top of the sixth inning. He attempted to get back to his feet but appeared woozy. After briefly being tended to by a trainer, Avila left the ballgame and was replaced behind the plate by Bryan Holaday.
This is not exactly new for Avila. The 27-year-old catcher has suffered from concussions in each of the past two seasons, caused by foul balls and backswings to his helmet and facemask. Given what we know about concussions now, it’s nice to see the Tigers and Avila quickly opt to exercise caution.