Posted October 17, 2013

Tigers C Alex Avila leaves game with knee injury

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Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Thursday night's Game 5 of the ALCS after this collision. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Thursday night’s Game 5 of the ALCS after this collision. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Thursday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox with a knee injury after he was involved in a collision catcher David Ross.

The Tigers said that the injury was a left knee patella tendon strain. He is officially listed as day-to-day.

Avila stayed in the Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox initially, but eventually had to leave. He was replaced by Brayan Pena behind the plate. Avila also took a foul tip right off his catcher’s mask, but the Tigers said it was the knee injury that finally forced him to leave the game.

 


13 comments
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Boston Cheap Shots

GeorgeBest7
GeorgeBest7

Cabrera eased up & Ross ran him over.  I don't have a problem with either.  Good hard baseball.  However, don't cry when you get plunked with a 96.


x72
x72

Classless team & classless fanbase.

jdane
jdane

@Ericfollowedbyanumber The play was legal, as was Cabrera's less violent bump of Ross earlier.   But the play (known as the Pete 'Cheap-Shot' Rose slide) should obviously be banned.   It's not legal at any other base, and obviously leads to injury as it did here.  There is no way a catcher can protect himself in this situation.

JosephVignolo
JosephVignolo

@Ericfollowedbyanumber No. What he did was perfectly legal. It's just good hard baseball. This is an example of why the Red Sox will win the series. They are very aggressive, tougher and more physical than the Tigers.

JohnSmith26
JohnSmith26

@jdane @Ericfollowedbyanumber Wrong. There IS a way a catcher can protect himself in this situation.....its called DON"T BLOCK THE PLATE. The catcher deliberately places himself in harm's way by blocking homeplate to prevent the runner from reaching it. That's the risk...that's the game.....the runner is not obligated to go around the catcher to try to touch the plate...come on people!! Do any of you know anything about baseball??? This has been part of the game since the 1800's!!! And by the way...no one on the Tigers, including Avila, is suggesting this was a cheap shot...maybe because unlike the idiots here, they DO know something about baseball.

CJ101
CJ101

@JosephVignolo @Ericfollowedbyanumber   Joseph - you are confusing bad facial hair with toughness.  Wait till Matt Holliday takes out one of your guys.  You will be b1itching up a storm then....

StevieRay
StevieRay

@Ericfollowedbyanumber @MrArlington Learn the game. The base runner is just as entitled to home plate as the defending catcher is. That means the runner is allowed to run through the catcher to get to the plate, if need be (unless you are playing Little League rules). Pete Rose is justly criticized for ending catcher Ray Fosse's career during an all-star game, when a collision at home plate wasn't warranted. But this is the playoffs.