Avila (calf) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Avila had been on the 10-day injured list since July 3 due to bilateral calf strains, but he was also one of four Nationals who landed on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday. It's not clear whether the catcher has tested positive for the virus or how his placement on the COVID-19 IL could impact his recovery process.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that Avila (calves) won't have a clear timeline to return to the active roster until he's able to complete a running program, Pete Kerzel of MASNSports.com reports.
Up to this point in his recovery from bilateral calf strains, Avila has been able to perform all activities except baserunning. Whenever he gets the green light to start running, he'll likely need at least a few days before he's cleared to sprint at 100 percent speed around the bases. After that, Avila will likely be sent out on a brief rehab assignment before being reinstated from the 10-day injured list.
Avila (calves) was able to catch bullpen sessions Tuesday, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
Avila continues to incorporate more baseball activities into his rehab regimen as he works his way back from calf strains in both of his legs. He appears to be further along in his recovery than Yan Gomes (oblique), who has yet to resume swinging a bat since landing on the injured list. Tres Barrera will serve as Washington's No. 1 catcher until either Avila or Gomes makes it back from the IL.
Avila (calf) was cleared to resume baseball activities Friday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Avila has been able to participate in batting practice and running recently as he continues to recover from bilateral calf strains. It's not yet clear whether he could require a rehab assignment prior to rejoining the Nationals, but he appears to be trending in the right direction in his rehab.
Avila was placed on the 10-day injured list with bilateral calf strains Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Avila had been on the bench in four of the last five games, but he's apparently dealing with a calf injury. The Nationals haven't yet given a timetable for the catcher's return, but he'll be on the injured list at least through the All-Star break. Tres Barrera was recalled from Triple-A Rochester as part of a corresponding move.
Avila will start at second base and bat seventh Thursday against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Trea Turner (finger) and Jordy Mercer (quadriceps) are unavailable Thursday, leading Avila to receive his first big-league start at the keystone while manager Dave Martinez works with a makeshift infield. The Nationals will likely make a roster move if Turner and Mercer remain sidelined beyond Thursday, so this should just be a spot start at second base for Avila.
Avila is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Avila had started in four straight games to close out the weekend, but he'll be back on the bench for the second contest in a row now that Yan Gomes has shaken off his hamstring issue. While Gomes was sidelined for the four-game stretch, Avila went 3-for-12 with a double, three walks, a run and an RBI.
Avila will start at catcher and bat sixth Sunday against the Phillies.
Avila will stick in the lineup for a fourth straight game while Yan Gomes (hamstring) manages an injury. Manager Dave Martinez expressed confidence that Gomes would be ready to resume catching duties Tuesday in Tampa Bay following Monday's team off day, so Avila's run of regular starts could come to an end following Sunday's contest.
Avila went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Orioles.
The veteran catcher has gone just 2-for-21 over his prior seven starts dating back to April 24, as he continues to see little action behind Yan Gomes. On the season, Avila carries a .182/.357/.364 slash line with five of his six hits (four doubles and a triple) going for extra bases.
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.
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|06/19||vs NYM||L 1-5||2||0||0||0||0||1||0|
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|2013||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||12||44||5||11||3||0||1||5||7||12||0||0||.250||.353||.386|
|2015||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||6||20||2||6||0||0||1||5||--||8||0||0||.300||.273||.450|