All catchers take punishment behind the plate but it seems Alex Avila get more than his fair share. This season is no exception.
Avila missed a couple of weeks in the second half with concussion syndrome after getting hit by a bat while playing the Yankees.
Now Avila may miss time after getting beat up in Game 5 of the ALCS. In the top of the third inning Avila was staggered after a collision at the plate with Boston catcher David Ross. An inning later, he took a foul ball off the mask which seemed to affect his jaw. Between innings and after a conversation with trainer Kevin Rand, Jim Leyland decided take Avila out of the game. Moments later Avila was seen walking gingerly into the clubhouse.
After the collision, Ken Rosenthal reported during the Fox broadcast that Alex Avila’s injury wasn’t concussion related but rather a twisted knee. But that report came before the foul ball off the mask in the third.
Although the initial reports weren’t concussion related, the Tigers have to be concerned that those concussion symptoms could rear their ugly head leading to Avila being shelved again.
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