Alex Avila leaves with lower back stiffness

The back issues that sidelined Alex Avila earlier this spring appear to have flared up again. He left Wednesday’s game against the Nationals after one inning at Space Coast Stadium with lower back stiffness.

Avila returned four days ago from paternity leave, having joined his wife in south Florida for the birth of their daughter Zoey. He made his third start in five days Wednesday, striking out in the opening inning while catching one inning of David Price, before Manny Pina replaced him.

Avila missed a few days of workouts with similar symptoms. He returned in time to start last Wednesday.

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