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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tigers Injury Update:Alex Avila is not retiring despite concussions

By on 10/14/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Detroit Tigers finished the 2014 season with a record of 90-72, first in the American League Central. Their season ended following a loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS, three games to none. The Tigers head into the off season looking to boost a pitching staff that was 24th in the Major Leagues in ERA. Another concern is the health of catcher Alex Avila, who suffered three concussions this season. Avila insists that he is not retiring, despite the increased risk of long term damage due to concussions.

Our own Stevie Larson reported on October 5 that Avila left the ALDS game against the Baltimore Orioles with his third concussion of the season. The injury occurred when a foul tip hit him on the mask.

An update on Avila, as reported by Chris Iott of, is that he has all intentions of being with the Tigers, despite numerous questions arising after he suffered multiple minor concussions this season. 
"I've had three mild concussions in my career. I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy. And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern. It's like any injury -- you have to let it heal 100 percent."
It will be interesting to see what the Tigers will do this off season regarding Avila, who has a club option worth $5.4 million and a $200,000 buyout. There are several options, one of which involves a buyout without offering Avila a contract, which could happen if the Tigers are overly concerned about Avila's health moving forward.

Avila batted .218 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 124 games this season.  The six-year Major League veteran had his best season in 2011 when he hit .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBI. Avila has a career batting average of .247 with 62 home runs and 269 RBI in 616 games.

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