Tigers catcher Alex Avila decides against knee surgery; return timetable uncertain

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After seeking multiple opinions on his injured left knee Tigers catcher Alex Avila has decided against surgery, choosing the rest-and-rehab route instead.

Going under the knife would have knocked Avila out for at least the remainder of the first half, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to return before then now and it’s possible he won’t be able to return at all without eventual surgery to remove the “loose bodies” in his knee.

Avila made the All-Star team as a 24-year-old in 2011, but since then he’s hit just .228 with a .703 OPS in 364 games and his OPS has dropped in four straight seasons. James McCann will serve as the Tigers’ primary catcher in Avila’s absence.

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.