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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Justin Verlander, Alex Avila

By on 9/15/2014 08:30:00 PM

With the Detroit Tigers fighting for a division title and having only two weeks left, now is not the time for new injuries to occur. Yet, the Tigers must now keep an eye on pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Verlander has a recurring blister, and Avila has light-headedness. The good news is that they are both merely day-to-day.

Justin Verlander

Michigan Live's James Schmehl says that Verlander's blister has "flared up... again" but that he should have no trouble with it the next time he pitches.

Verlander's troubles have come from more than a blister as his un-Verlander-like record would indicate. He is 13-12 with a 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, far worse than his career totals. However, he is still a big-game pitcher who will most likely surpass 200 innings for the eighth straight year. He will most likely start again on Saturday against the Royals, who are still trying to catch the Tigers.

Alex Avila's Jason Beck reports that the Tigers have concerns over catcher Alex Avila, who left Sunday's game feeling light-headed. Avila recently returned from a concussion, and although the team says that he does not have concussion symptoms this time, they are still treating him carefully. He is not in Monday's line-up, and the Tigers list him as day-to-day. Bryan Holaday is catching in Avila's absence.

Avila took a foul tip to the mask and a tag to the head while running the bases earlier in the game. Beck says that Avila has traveled to Minnesota with the team.

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