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Alex Avila is out of today’s lineup

Alex Avila

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila, left, is helped off the field after colliding with first baseman Prince Fielder in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


The Tigers will be without their starting catcher today as Alex Avila is still apparently feeling the effects of his collision with Prince Fielder today -- who wouldn’t be? -- and is being held out of the Tigers-White Sox game.

The good news: it appears to only be a sore jaw, not a concussion, meaning that Avila should be back soon.

But really, I can’t think of anyone in baseball who takes a bigger beating that Avila. It’s always something, and on top of that is the fact that he hasn’t had as many days off as most starting catcher get down the stretch the past couple of years.