Tigers planning to tab Alex Avila as the everyday catcher in 2015


In a column for The Detroit News posted on Friday, Lynn Henning writes that the Tigers are planning to use Alex Avila as the everyday catcher in 2015, though they will attempt to find a role for rookie James McCann. 2015 is also likely to be Avila’s last with the Tigers. The Tigers picked up Avila’s $5.4 million option for the 2015 season last week.

Avila, 27, has taken an absolute beating behind the plate, suffering numerous concussions which have both limited his playing time and reduced his production offensively. After posting a 142 adjusted OPS (OPS+; 100 is average) in 2011, he has hovered around between average and slightly below-average in the three seasons since with marks of 99, 88, and 91. If all goes according to plan for the Tigers, McCann puts up a good showing in the upcoming season and allows the team to move on from Avila.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.