Tigers catcher Alex Avila has taken a tremendous beating behind home plate over the years. He seems to catch more foul tips, bats-on-the-backswing and just about every other thing catchers suffer back there. Avila suffered another concussion in the Tigers’ ALDS Game 3 loss to the Orioles, but he says that he’s going to be fine for the start of spring training and has given no thought to retirement:
“No,” he said. “I’ve had three mild concussions in my career. I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy. And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn’t have any concern.
“It’s like any injury — you have to let it heal 100 percent.”
That phrase — “mild concussions” — is considered by many to be a misleading term, as brain injuries are brain injuries and all of them are serious. Of course, if Avila is given a green light and feels healthy to play, he’s obviously going to play.
It sure would be nice, though, if he could catch a break back there once in a while instead of oh-so-many blows to the head.