The Detroit Tigers are gradually regaining their health. The latest good news on the injury front comes from Alex Avila, who has been recalled from his injury rehab assignment by the Tigers. To make room on the 25 man roster backup catcher Bryan Holaday was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers also announced Holaday would rejoin the team on Tuesday September 3, a day after the Triple-A season concludes.
Avila was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on August 11 and has been rehabbing with the Mud Hens since the 22nd. Avila's recovery took a step backward last Thursday when he was removed from a game complaining of headaches.
After taking Friday off, Avila has both caught and DHed for the Mud Hens with no ill-effects. Monday, Avila proved he was fully healthy with a 2-for-3 performance which included a double, two walks and a run scored, while playing seven innings behind the plate.
Avila got off to a very slow start to the 2013 season, hitting just .198/.288/.340 at the time of his injury. But the 26 year old, five year veteran had recently broke out of a season long slump, hitting .273/.322/.509 with three home runs and 15 RBI since the All-Star break.
Holaday has played well in limited duty, hitting .280/.357/.440 in 12 games.