The Detroit Tigers are close to getting one of their most valuable players back in the lineup, as injured catcher Alex Avila continues to recover from a hamstring injury and will take a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Monday.
Alex Avila will join Toledo on Monday to begin an injury rehab assignment. Jacob Turner will start for Detroit on Thursday. #tigers— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) June 17, 2012
The 25-year-old Avila has missed Detroit's last 10 games while on the disabled list, and watched firsthand while a handful of reserve catchers were shuffled into the lineup to make due in his absence. Though the organization will be wary to avoid rushing a valuable commodity like an All-Star catcher back into action, Avila is still hopeful that he can return to the lineup on Thursday.