Avila will be shut down for at least two weeks after an MRI revealed the catcher has a Grade 1 strain in his left calf, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports. The Diamondbacks will reassess the 32-year-old in two weeks. While Avila is unavailable, Carson Kelly is expected to get the bulk of the playing time with newly recalled Caleb Joseph getting spot duty.
Avila (left calf) flew back to Phoenix on Friday to undergo an MRI, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports. Avila's MRI was scheduled for Saturday, and the results are pending. He sustained a calf strain during Thursday's game against the Nationals and was placed on the injured list Friday.
Avila was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left calf strain. Avila suffered the injury during Thursday's game, though he remained in the contest. It's not clear how much time he's expected to miss. Caleb Joseph will take his spot on the roster and serve as the Diamondbacks' second catcher.
Avila went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Thursday against the Nationals. Avila took Erick Fedde deep in the second inning to record his fifth home run of the season. While Carson Kelly is the primary catcher, Avila is emerging as the personal catcher for Zack Greinke. He has now also homered in his last three starts, improving his season-long line to .220/.410/.508 across 78 plate appearances.
Avila went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Blue Jays. Avila launched his first home run since coming off the injured list May 11, a stretch of 16 games without going yard. Carson Kelly has emerged as the primary catcher for the Diamondbacks, but Avila is settling in as Zack Greinke's catcher; he's caught all three starts by the Arizona ace since the team designated John Ryan Murphy for assignment.