Avila hasn't played since June 5, when he aggravated a right hamstring injury. On the season, Avila is hitting .250/.338/.429. While that's not up to his 2011 levels, that's still good production by catcher standards.
Avila's return is timely, as backup Gerald Laird is listed as day-to-day after departing Wednesday night's game with a strained left hammy. Third catcher Bryan Holaday has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room on the active roster for Avila.