Posted June 06, 2012

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila joins list of teammates on DL

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Detroit catcher Alex Avila is on the DL with a hamstring injury. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers have been hit with the injury bug again.

The Tigers placed All-Star catcher Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury and bought the contract of catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo. Holaday will take Avila’s place on the 25-man roster.

Detroit has numerous players on the DL including starting center fielder Austin Jackson, starting left fielder Andy Dirks, starting pitcher Doug Fister, reliever Al Alburquerque and designated hitter Victor Martinez. Avila has five homers and 20 RBIs in 44 games this season.

Avila tweaked his hamstring last Friday and left last night’s 4-2 loss against the Cleveland Indians after three innings. “It was pretty tight, probably from the second inning on,” Avila said. “I started feeling it. It never really got loose. On that [throw], I really felt it pull and figured that right about there, I couldn’t really push it anymore.”

Detroit enters the day six games back of the AL Central division leading Chicago White Sox.