Avila is on the bench Friday against Colorado. The Diamondbacks have had a rotating door at catcher all season, and Avila has been out more often than not in recent days. He sits Friday for the third straight game and the seventh time in the last 10. Jeff Mathis has started in all seven of those games.
Avila is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Avila will hit the bench after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Monday's series-opening loss. Jeff Mathis will take a turn behind the dish in his place, hitting eighth.
Avila is not in the lineup Sunday against the Astros. Avila started Saturday's contest but failed to record a hit. Only collecting three hits in the month has kept Avila on the bench a fair amount in September, though he does still have some power potential as evidenced by the fact that two of the knocks went for extra bases. Regardless, Jeff Mathis will take a turn behind the plate to replace him for the series finale in Houston.
Avila is out of the starting lineup against the Astros on Friday. Avila will be out of the lineup for a second straight game as Arizona faces another left-hander in Dallas Keuchel for its series opener in Houston. Jeff Mathis will set up behind the plate yet again in his place.
Avila is not in the lineup versus the Rockies on Thursday. Avila went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk during Wednesday's loss and will receive a standard day off with a lefty (Kyle Freeland) on the hill for Colorado. In his absence, Jeff Mathis will catch Clay Buchholz and bat eighth.
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