Avila DL move official, Holaday called up
As you’ve probably heard by now, the Alex Avila move to the 15-day disabled list is official. It doesn’t sound like a long-term injury, just a hamstring strain, but it’s bad enough that they can’t wait it out.
Holaday essentially replaces Omir Santos, who has been designated for assignment. The explanation from Jim Leyland was that while they like Santos as an insurance backup catcher, they prefer Holaday is there’s a situation where they need a catcher who will play regularly. And with Gerald Laird available only in emergencies for the next few days, Holaday is going to play.
Look for Santos to clear waivers in the coming days and likely return to Triple-A Toledo, barring something unexpected.
The other roster opening will be filled by Jose Ortega, giving the Tigers an extra reliever for the time being. The hope appears to be that Austin Jackson will return from the disabled list in the coming days and take that spot. Until then, basically, they didn’t have anybody they particularly felt like they needed positionally, kind of like when they called up Santos last week.
“We really didn’t have a position player to bring,” Leyland said.
Jackson, meanwhile, could be headed out on rehab shortly. He said that’s probably the next step after he took 3-4 rounds of batting practice the last couple days, along with fly balls, and didn’t feel any discomfort.