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Alex Avila injury: Tigers catcher being checked for concussion-like symptoms

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The Tigers won their 12th game in a row, but they lost catcher Alex Avila midway through the game after he was hit by a foul ball.

Duane Burleson

Alex Avila is set to have tests in a Cleveland-area hospital after being removed from the game Thursday with a possible concussion. Avila left the game in the fifth inning feeling dizzy and light-headed after taking a hit to the facemask in the fourth inning, manager Jim Leyland told Fox Sports Detroit after the game. Leyland stressed the "possible" part of possible concussion at this point.

Update: The Tigers announced tonight that Avila will not travel to New York, per MLive's Chris Iott. He will instead return to Detroit. It's not official, but this would seem to indicate Avila is likely going to hit the DL -- likely the 7-day concussion version.

The foul ball came off the bat of Nick Swisher, and it caused Avila to appear a bit dazed. He was checked out by trainer Kevin Rand though he stayed in the game for a bit afterward. Blood was also observed by Avila's ear during the television broadcast.

Avila has been known to take a beating. All catchers do, really, but he seems to even more than most. However, it was apparent on the television broadcast this particular injury was causing him more problems than normal.

If Avila has to miss any time, backup Brayan Pena has been hitting well, batting .306 with .769 OPS since the All-Star break. Bryan Holaday would likely get the promotion from Triple-A Toledo, where he's hitting .314 with .698 OPS.

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