Tigers' Avila still lightheaded, not expected back until weekend

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Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila remains sidelined after experiencing concussion-like symptoms prior to Tuesday's game against Minnesota.

Avila, who left Sunday's contest with lightheadedness and a headache after taking a foul ball off his mask, won't return to the club until he is symptom-free for a full day.

"Alex did some baseball activity (Tuesday) and felt a little lightheaded, so he's going to be off," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

It's the second such instance in less than a month for Avila, who suffered concussions in each of the last two seasons.

On Monday, Ausmus admitted Avila's history with head trauma has motivated the club to take a cautious approach.

"For sure, there's concern there," Ausmus said, via MLB.com. "This is a dangerous area. There's a lot more information on concussion and how dangerous the long-term effects are."

Since Avila will need to prove he is symptom-free and Detroit is off Thursday, the Tigers backstop isn't expected to return until Friday at the earliest.

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Sept 15, 5:26 PM

Tigers' Avila not in lineup Monday after leaving game Sunday with lightheadedness

Sept 15, 5:26 PM

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila will not be in the lineup Monday after he was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians after taking a foul tip off his mask. 

Avila, who departed Sunday's game in the eighth inning after feeling lightheaded, has dealt with concussion-like symptoms on at least three separate occasions the last two seasons. 

Sept 14, 5:13 PM

Tigers' Avila leaves game Sunday after feeling lightheaded; unlikely to play Monday

Sept 14, 5:13 PM

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila has battled concussion symptoms off and on over the past two seasons, so his departure from Sunday's game after feeling lightheaded could be cause for concern. 

Avila was replaced by Bryan Holaday in the eighth inning. While there wasn't one play that appeared to be the particular cause of Avila's injury, there were at least two moments that could have led to his symptoms. 

Avila was pulled from a game earlier in the month after catching a foul tip off his mask and missed the next three games. The 27-year-old also missed 16 games last season with a concussion.