Alex Avila is back in the Detroit Tigers lineup two days after suffering a minor concussion.
Avila left Friday’s game against the Boston Red Sox after being hit in the helmet with a bad after David Ortiz followed through on his swing.
Despite being cleared to play on Saturday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus decided to give him another day off to help clear his head.
“He actually felt fine,” Ausmus said. “That was good. It was good news because I was a little concerned about him when he came out of the game. But he’s been in good spirits and seems like his normal self. Even after the game a couple nights ago when he came out, he seemed like his normal self. So he feels like he can play, the doctors feel like he can play, Kevin Rand feels like he can play. So we’re hoping he has a good game and doesn’t get hit by any bats or balls. But there’s a good chance he’s going to get hit by something because he gets hit every game.”
Avila has missed games two previous times over the past two years due to concussions. Due to his history of concussions, the concern was greater than it could have been had it been another player. He has passed the proper protocol in terms of nursing a concussion and is glad to be back in the lineup to see the final game against the Red Sox.
He is currently scheduled to hit eighth against Red Sox starter John Lackey on Monday.