DETROIT, Michigan —
Alex Avila has taken a beating off the field by fans and the media this year, mostly due to his slow start and plummeting batting average. On Sunday, Avila took a beating on the field, after taking a 93 MPH fastball to his left arm which will require the one-time All-Star catcher to head to the disabled list.
The Detroit Tigers officially placed him on the 15-day DL on Monday with what is being called a left forearm contusion. Those are just fancy words for a huge bruise.
While I’m sure there are many places Alex would rather be than the DL, it may be just what the Tigers starting catcher needs to settle down, take a step back, and figure out how to get out of his season long slump.
In 48 games this season, Avila is hitting an abysmal .172 with 5 HRs and just 28 hits. He’s on pace to set a career high for number of strikeouts, with 58 already, and the number of RBIs he has this season matches his uniform number.
It was a busy spring for the Avila’s, with Alex and his wife welcoming a new baby into their family. Perhaps the transition into fatherhood is going a little rougher than we think.
Many people have called for the Tigers to send Avila down to AAA Toledo to work out his problems. Well, those people may have finally gotten their wish. A short rehab stint with the Mud Hens may just be what the doctor ordered. Brayan Pena and Bryan Holaday will fill in behind the plate in the short term.
Let’s hope Avila turns things around, because the Tigers will need their man behind the plate at full health and hitting like it’s 2011 again if they’re going to make any kind of run in the playoffs.