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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila exits with lightheadedness


By on 9/15/2014 09:45:00 AM

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was pulled early from the win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday after complaining of a headache, reports James Schmehl of MLive.com. Avila left in the seventh inning after someone told manager Brad Ausmus that the catcher did not seem right, as Ausmus himself told Schmehl:

"Someone said to me that he didn't seem right on the bench," Ausmus said. "As soon as that at-bat was over, I asked him how he was feeling and (head athletic trainer) Kevin Rand asked him how he was feeling, and he said he had a little bit of a headache. So, that was a red flag right there and we just got him out."
Schmehl notes that Avila passed concussion tests after he was hit by a foul tip earlier this month, but given his history of concussions, the team did not want to take any chances. Ausmus also told Schmehl that Avila was unlikely to play on Monday. Bryan Holaday replaced Avila during Sunday's game.

Avila has already been diagnosed with one concussion this year, sustained when he was hit by a backswing in June. Concussion symptoms also plagued him in previous seasons and the new home plate rules were being formulated not long after Avila's heavy collision with David Ross in last year's playoffs, an incident that highlighted the risk of concussion in such collisions.


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