Alex Avila still dealing with post-concussion headaches

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Pulled from Thursday's game complaining of a headache, Alex Avila hopes to continue his rehab Saturday night as the Mud Hens' DH.

Currently on the 7-day concussion disabled list, Alex Avila is serving a rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo. Unfortunately, Avila was pulled from Thursday's game early with a headache after three plate appearances. Avila was 0-for-2 with a walk, leaving the game after 3 1/2 innings.

Avila sat out Friday night's game and is expected to be the Mud Hens' DH on Saturday if his concussion symptoms have subsided.

Considering his nagging symptoms, the Tigers do not plan on rushing Avila back to the big club. Jim Leyland has confirmed as much.

"You just take it slow for a day and then see how it plays out, and we'll get him back into action,"

Concussed on by a foul tip on August 8 and placed on the DL August 11, Avlia was hitting just .198/.288/.340 for the season. But the Tigers' starting catcher was swinging a potent bat post All-Star break, hitting .273/.322/.509 in the second half.

Due to injuries, the Tigers have been in a bind behind the plate.  Avila's return remains undetermined and backup Brayan Pena injured his big toe Wednesday night. Pena has only made a single pinch hitting appearance since, but will be in today's starting lineup against the Mets.

Bryan Holaday is the only completely healthy catcher, while Victor Martinez made his first start at the position in over two years Friday night. Martinez is expected to make his second appearance behind the plate this season in Sunday's series finale.

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