Avila will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Braves. Avila will be behind the plate for the third time in five games, signaling that he may have emerged as the Diamondbacks' preferred option in three-headed catching timeshare. After inking a two-year deal this winter, Avila has been a major disappointment with a .149/.276/.272 batting line across 134 plate appearances, but he's performed more respectably in a small sample of four games since returning from the 10-day disabled list earlier this month. Over those contests, Avila has gone 4-for-9 with a home run and three walks.
Avila is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres. The backstop returned from the 10-day disabled list Saturday in impressive fashion, starting behind the plate and finishing 3-for-3 with a home run, a walk and three RBI. It was easily the best performance of the season from Avila, who has recorded multiple hits in just two other games and is slashing .148/.270/.269 across 126 plate appearances. The glacially slow start to the season will confine Avila to a timeshare behind the plate with John Ryan Murphy and Jeff Mathis for now, but Avila could re-emerge as the primary catcher if he recaptures the offensive form that helped him record a .834 OPS in 2017.
Avila (hamstring) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. Manager Torey Lovullo indicated Wednesday that Avila's return from the disabled list was "imminent," so the move isn't surprising. The 31-year-old is unlikely to see significant starting opportunities with John Ryan Murphy and Jeff Mathis currently healthy, although he will start behind the plate Saturday.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that Avila (hamstring) has resumed participating in all baseball activities, Katherine Fitzgerald and Atreya Verma of The Arizona Republic report. At this point, Avila isn't limited by the strained right hamstring that forced him to the disabled list June 27 and is simply building up endurance again. Lovullo didn't offer a firm target date for Avila's activation from the DL, other than calling the catcher's return "imminent." Once he rejoins the big club, Avila may have to settle for only a couple of starts per week with John Ryan Murphy and Jeff Mathis both set to retain roles in the Diamondbacks' catching timeshare.
Avila was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring Wednesday. Avila has had an awful season for the Diamondbacks this year, hitting just .124/.240/.219. It's unclear if the hamstring issue is something which he's been battling through or if it's something new. The move makes room for the return of Robbie Ray (oblique) from the disabled list.
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