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Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila suffers concussion

By on 10/05/2014 09:30:00 PM

Alex Avila left Sunday's American League Divisional Series game against Baltimore with what was later revealed to be a concussion, his third career concussion, according to James Schmehl.

The Tigers catcher left the game in the sixth inning after a foul tip by Steve Pearce hit him on the mask. Bryan Holaday was inserted as his replacement. Avila has had concussions each of the past two years, both suffered on foul tips. His immediate removal was no surprise, with the recent increase in awareness about concussions.

Avila missed a game with concussion symptoms in June when David Ortiz's backswing hit him in the head. He took a foul tip to the mask Sept. 2 and missed four games, then missed a week in mid-September with suffering lightheadedness after taking a forearm off his head on a pickoff tag. That absence was of particular concern because of how long it lingered, as noted by Jason Beck.

In the regular season, Avila hit .218, with 11 home runs and 47 runs batted in. In the ALDS, he was 2-9.

Stevie Larson is a writer for Sports Injury Alert. You can follow him on Twitter.

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