Avila is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Avila started in two of the Twins' four games since he returned from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, but he may have to settle for more of a part-time role in the final week of the season. Minnesota brought back another catcher (Mitch Garver) from the IL on Friday, and he'll be behind the dish for Sunday's series finale. Ryan Jeffers is also still around as a third backstop.
Avila (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Avila will return to action after spending just over the minimum amount of time on the injured list. He dealt with lower back tightness but should now serve as the Twins' primary catcher while Mitch Garver (side) remains unavailable.
Avila was placed on the 10-day injured list with lower back tightness Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Avila saw an uptick in playing time recently with Mitch Garver (side) on the injured list, but he'll now be sidelined with an injury of his own. Willians Astudillo was recalled in a corresponding move and should serve as the backup catcher behind Ryan Jeffers while Avila recovers.
Avila left Friday's game against the Tigers early due to a sore back, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Avila had battled back issues in recent days but was asked to start the second game of Friday's doubleheader nonetheless. He evidently wasn't ready to do so, as he was removed early on for Ryan Jeffers, who started the first game of the day behind the plate as well.
Avila (undisclosed) is back in the lineup for the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Avila was scratched from the lineup ahead of Wednesday's game against the White Sox and did not take part in the afternoon game Friday, but whatever the issue was has evidently cleared up. He'll catch and bat ninth.
Avila (undisclosed) will sit for the afternoon portion of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Avila was removed from the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox for undisclosed reasons and remains out for at least one more game. It's possible he returns to the lineup for the nightcap, though the Twins did call up Willians Astudillo as the extra man for the doubleheader, which could indicate that Avila isn't yet ready to play. Ryan Jeffers starts behind the plate in the first game of the day.
Avila was removed from Wednesday's lineup against the White Sox for an undisclosed reason.
It's unclear whether an injury is limiting Avila's availability Wednesday, but he'll take a seat for the series finale against the White Sox. Ryan Jeffers will take his place behind the dish.
Avila is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.
Avila looked poised to take on a larger role after top backstop Mitch Garver (side) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, but the veteran will instead sit for the third time in four days while the newly recalled Ryan Jeffers draws another start behind the dish. Two of Jeffers' starts have come against southpaws, so Avila could still end up seeing the larger portion of work against right-handed starting pitchers while Garver is on the shelf.
Avila went 1-for-1 with a double, two walks and two runs Sunday in the Twins' 4-2 win over the Royals.
After adding two more free passes to his ledger, Avila has now walked in 24.2 percent of his plate appearances this season to bring his on-base percentage up to .457. Avila's early success at the plate has allowed him to cut into the playing time of top backstop Mitch Garver, who has gotten off to a slow start. Garver will be back in the lineup for Monday's series finale while Avila heads back to the bench.
Avila went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 4-1 win over Cleveland.
Getting the start in place of Mitch Garver and hitting ninth, Avila took Mike Clevinger deep in the second inning for his first homer of the year. The 33-year-old backstop is hitting .333 (3-for-9) to begin the season, but that's unlikely to last -- his career batting average as he approaches his 1,000th big-league game is nearly 100 points lower.
Avila started at catcher and went 1-for-4 with a HBP in Sunday's win over the White Sox.
Avila should get plenty of starts against right-handed pitchers as the Twins have said they still want to give Mitch Garver regular rest even with the shorter 60-game season.
Avila is expected to get steady playing time behind Mitch Garver as the Twins try to keep their catchers fresh, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Avila, who is 0-for-10 with four walks at the plate so far this spring, may get more playing time than a normal backup catcher as a result. It's also possible Willians Astudillo could win a final bench role and give the Twins three catching options, which would cut into Avila's playing time. Either way, Avila isn't expected to get the playing time the left-handed part of a platoon at catcher would normally warrant.
Avila has agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with Minnesota, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Avila should replace Jason Castro as the left-handed part of a platoon at catcher along with Mitch Garver. It's possible Garver gets more playing time this season after his 31-home run breakout season, but the Twins were careful to rest their catchers. Avila adds strong pitch framing skills to Minnesota's catcher corps. Avila's signing signals that Willians Astudillo will not win the outright backup job, but he could still be part of the mix.
Avila went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's 11-1 loss to the Mets.
Avila picked up a spot start in place of primary catcher Carson Kelly. He's been in a slide the past month, having entered Thursday's contest batting just .122 (5-for-41) over his last 16 games.
Avila went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Rockies.
Avila drew just his second start in the team's past eight games, but he took advantage by homering off of Jesus Tinoco in the eighth inning. It was his ninth home run of the season, and his third in just 21 at-bats for the month of August. Avila is now slashing .229/.381/.500 across 147 plate appearances for the season.
Avila went 2-for-3 with a home run, walk and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Phillies.
With six total bases in both of his past two starts, Avila now sports a .916 OPS on the campaign, trumping his mark from his 2011 All-Star campaign with the Tigers (.895). Avila's improved production has been a welcome sight for Arizona after he turned in a lowly 66 wRC+ in his first season in the desert in 2018, but it's unlikely to result in any substantial increase in playing time over the final few weeks of the season. The 25-year-old Carson Kelly has fared similarly well both on offense and defense and is seen as the organization's present and future behind the plate, while Avila is headed for free agency this winter.
Avila went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI and an additional run Saturday in the Diamondbacks' 18-7 win over the Nationals.
Since returning from the injured list in late June, Avila has delivered a palatable .799 OPS, which has largely been supported by his strong 14.3 percent walk rate. Avila remains the clear No. 2 backstop, however, behind Carson Kelly, who draws the start behind the plate in Sunday's series finale.
Avila went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.
Avila crushed a 448-foot home run to center field in the second inning for his 100th career long ball. Despite the notable milestone, the 32-year-old figures to continue splitting time behind the plate with Carson Kelly going forward. Avila is slashing .218/.376/.483 with six homers and 15 RBI in 87 at-bats this season.
Avila went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk in Friday's 8-0 win over the Rockies.
Avila singled in the third inning, then smacked a two-run double in the fifth to help extend Arizona's lead. Although Carson Kelly is the Diamondbacks' primary catcher, Avila has become the go-to option behind the dish when Zack Greinke takes the mound. In his limited plate appearances, Avila is hitting .246/.422/.522 with five home runs, four doubles and 13 RBI over 69 at bats.
Avila went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Giants.
Avila made his first start since being activated off the injured list Friday. Per usual, he was the batterymate for staff ace Zack Greinke, who had a 6.23 ERA over his previous two starts while Avila was on the shelf. Avila is slashing .238/.415/.524 over 82 plate appearances.
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|2015||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||6||20||2||6||0||0||1||5||--||8||0||0||.300||.273||.450|