Avila begins rehab assignment for Toledo
Alex Avila began his rehab assignment Thursday night for Triple-A Toledo, going 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate and catching three innings behind the plate for the Mud Hens in a 5-2 loss at Louisville.
Avila, batting second, flew out to center field in the opening inning before drawing a two-out walk in the second. He was called out on strikes to end the top of the fourth, then was replaced by Ronny Paulino in the bottom of the inning. Manager Jim Leyland talked Wednesday about Avila catching six innings for the Mud Hens on Thursday, but he cautioned that was far from an official plan. The fact that Avila stepped to the plate in the fourth strongly suggests the Tigers wanted to get him three plate appearances and just enough catching time to make sure he was OK on his first day catching in a week and a half since going on the concussion DL.
Avila is expected to catch again for the Hens in Louisville Friday night.