Avila is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers. Avila started the first two games of the series against Milwaukee, but he'll head to the bench for Sunday's day game finale. Rene Rivera will start and bat eighth in Avila's place.
Avila went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Pirates. Avila came through in the top of the ninth inning with a line drive down the right field line to deliver the only run of the game. The 30-year-old isn't known for his wheels, and this was his first triple of the season. In fact, it was his first triple since 2013.
Avila is out of the lineup Sunday against the Braves. It's no surprise that Avila is sitting out with a lefty (Max Fried) starting for the opposition, but the catcher has been losing out on starts of late against right-handed pitching too, as he went unused against Braves righty Lucas Sims a day earlier. Avila is reaching base at an excellent .370 clip since being acquired by the Cubs prior to the trade deadline, but August waiver pickup Rene Rivera has been nearly as effective, slashing .350/.435/.550 since joining the team. Until Willson Contreras (hamstring) returns from the disabled list, it appears Rivera may handle the bulk of the catching duties, at least while he sports a hot bat.
Avila is out of Saturday's lineup against the Braves. He is hitting .286/.412/.321 with 15 strikeouts in his last 28 at-bats. Rene Rivera will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
Avila is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates. Avila will receive a standard day off after two straight starts behind the plate, going 2-for-8 with two RBI and five strikeouts during those contests. Rene Rivera picks up the catching assignment in his stead.
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