Friday night Alex Avila was scratched from the Tigers’ lineup with what the team called a forearm contusion and today they placed the catcher on the disabled list with … “loose bodies” in his left knee.
I’ll take off my doctor’s hat and just say that seems like an odd series of events, but whatever the case Avila is shut down for at least 15 days and possibly a lot longer with another in a long line of injuries. Apparently the knee has been bothering him for much of the season.
Triple-A catcher Bryan Holaday was called up to take Avila’s spot on the roster, but James McCann figures to see most of the action behind the plate.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.