Avila (quadriceps) played in an extended spring training game for the second time in as many days Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Avila playing two consecutive days was a good sign for manager Torey Lovullo, who feels Avila could return during the coming weekend series against the Braves. "This was a pretty big hurdle today, for me," Lovullo said. "The evaluation on how he feels tomorrow will be another big hurdle." The Diamondbacks finish a six-game road trip Wednesday and return home to start their series against the Braves on Thursday. With the Braves expected to start right-handers in at least three of the four-game set, Lovullo would like to have Avila's left-handed bat available.