It looks like the injury situation might be getting a bit brighter soon for the Detroit Tigers, if Alex Avila's rehab play in Toledo is anything to go by. Down in AAA, the Tigers catcher had a great game for the Mud Hens in his second rehab start with the team.
The All-Star catcher had been on the disabled list since June 6 with a right hamstring strain. His play for the Mud Hens was very encouraging though for the Tigers, as he went 2-2 on the day with a walk before being pulled out of the game in the fifth inning. He also caught all five innings he played.
Avila will play one more rehab game for Toledo, likely playing a DH role rather than catching again, before the Tigers decide if they can pick him back up on Thursday for the final game of their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Barring a major set-back in his third rehab game, it's pretty unlikely that he won't be put back on the major league squad ASAP.
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