After today's loss to the New York Yankees, the Tigers placed Alex Avila on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Bryan Holaday was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to serve as Brayan Pena's backup while Avila is out. Avila was a late scratch from today's lineup once he reported feeling ill after taking batting practice. Avila did play on Saturday, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Avila was lifted from Thursday's 10-3 win over the Cleveland Indians after a foul ball struck his mask. Avila was spotted by TV cameras bleeding from his left ear. He was evaluated and cleared prior to this weekend's series in New York. Saturday's game was the only matchup Avila appeared in.
The seven-day disabled list was created by Major League Baseball in 2011 specifically to be used for players who have suffered concussions during gameplay. The purpose of the DL was to give teams more flexibility when evaluating players who had potentially suffered concussions, but not forcing the player to miss two weeks on the 15-day disabled list.
The injury comes at a bad time for Avila, who has finally begun to produce at the plate. Since the All-Star Break, Avila is hitting .273/.322/.509 with three home runs and 15 RBI.
Holaday is hitting .262/.313/.378 in the minor leagues this season. He appeared in four games earlier this season when Avila was on the disabled list and went 3-for-13 at the plate.