Avila went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Cardinals.
The veteran catcher came into Wednesday having gone 0-for-6 to begin his tenure with the Nats, but Avila was the only Washington hitter to have much success against Carlos Martinez and drove in Josh Bell in the second inning with his first two-bagger. Yan Gomes remains the starter behind the plate, but Avila could earn more playing time if he keeps making the most of his opportunities.
Avila was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
The 33-year-old missed the first week of the season due to contract tracing from Washington's COVID-19 outbreak, but he's now been cleared to join the team. Avila remains poised to operate as the backup to starter Yan Gomes behind the plate this season.
The Nationals placed Avila on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Avila is one of nine Nationals players on the 40-man roster who will begin the campaign on the IL as a result of the team's recent COVID-19 outbreak. Prior reports have suggested that only four of the players in question have confirmed positive tests, but it's uncertain whether Avila is one of the infected players or merely a close contact. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, players that tested positive will be eligible to return after 10 days in quarantine, while those ruled out through contact tracing can return after a week. With Yan Gomes joining Avila on the COVID-19 IL to begin the season, the Nationals will be without both of their top two catchers. Jonathan Lucroy and Tres Barrera were both added to the Opening Day roster as replacements, and Lucroy is slated to catch Max Scherzer in Tuesday's season opener versus Atlanta, per Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com.
The Nationals are expected to be without Avila due to COVID-19 protocols if MLB clears the team to begin its season during the upcoming week, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Avila is among the nine members of the Nationals organization currently in quarantine because of COVID-19 protocols, though the club hasn't disclosed whether he's one of the four players who has tested positive or if he's merely a high-risk close contact. Regardless, his expected absence to begin the week will likely leave Jonathan Lucroy or Tres Barrera as the backup catcher behind No. 1 option Yan Gomes.
Avila has gone 4-for-20 (.200) through eight Grapefruit League games with a double, a home run and a shaky 1:9 BB:K.
He hasn't showed much at the plate this spring, but the Nats weren't expecting a 34-year-old with a career .235/.348/.394 slash line to become an offensive force when they signed him in January. Avila will give the club a dependable No. 2 catcher behind Yan Gomes, and it remains to be seen how the workload will be split between the two veteran backstops.
Avila signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Nationals on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Avila spent the 2020 season with the Twins, slashing .184/.355/.286 with one home run and two RBI over 62 plate appearances while appearing in 23 games. While Yan Gomes is expected to receive the majority of playing time behind the dish in 2021, Avila will provide a left-handed bat at the position and appears to be in line to serve as the team's primary backup.
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.
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|2015||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||6||20||2||6||0||0||1||5||--||8||0||0||.300||.273||.450|