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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles close to returning from concussion

By on 9/10/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Cleveland Indians dropped to 74-69 on the season following a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. At five games back in the division and the wild card race, the Indians need to be healthy to make a run at the post season down the stretch. The good news is that Mike Aviles is improving and is close to returning from a concussion.

Our own Nathaniel Reeves reported on September 3 that Aviles was out of the lineup September 2 against the Detroit Tigers with symptoms related to whiplash.

An update on Reeves, as reported by Jordan Bastian of, Aviles was experiencing concussion-like symptoms in the days following a diving catch against the Tigers on September 1. He was not put on the seven-day concussion DL, but he followed the standard protocol for returning to activities and games.

The Indians have been cautious with Aviles, but manager Terry Francona noted that Aviles has advanced to hitting in the batting cage and is doing much better.
"If you see him now, he looks like night and day. He feels it. He's starting to get antsy. He's pushing the trainers. That's all good signs. He was kind of cloudy there for a few days, man. It's what a concussion does."
Aviles, in his seventh Major League season, is batting .245 with five home runs and 33 RBI this season. The veteran has played for the Royals, Red Sox and Indians and a is career .269 hitter with 53 home runs and 269 RBI.

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