June 6, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) in the dugout before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers DL Alex Avila, Anibal Sanchez

Today the Detroit Tigers sent Anibal Sanchez and Alex Avila to the 15 day disabled list. The moves come after the Tigers took 2 of 3 from the Twins during their weekend series against the Twins in Minneapolis.

A week ago Jim Leyland expressed concern about Anibal’s stiff shoulder and skipped his start. Those concerned were well founded as Sanchez struggled with his control leading to a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. The Tigers placed him on the disabled list for a strained right shoulder retroactive to 6/16 and recalled Avisial Garcia from Toledo to fill the roster spot.

Alex Avila was hit by a pitch on the forearm during yesterday’s win in Minnesota.  The Tigers DLed him for a forearm contussion. This actually could be a blessing in disguise for Avila who has been struggling mightily at the plate this season. The Tiger recalled Bryan Holaday from Toledo to fill in for Avila.  It is likely however Brayan Pena will see most of the time at catcher in Avila’s absence.

It will be interesting to see how the Tigers handle Avila’s injury if Pena continues to play well. Although you have to give Veteran major leaguers time to come out of a slump, Avila’s sub-200 batting average was starting to become a liability with the All-Star break about 1 month away. Conversely, Pena has been playing well and some feel it was time to give him the bulk of the playing time as the Tigers backstop.

We will see how the Detroit Tigers Respond as they take on the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Comerica Park. First pitch is 7:05 and you can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit.

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