NEW YORK -- Tigers catcher Gerald Laird said his right elbow was feeling a lot better Wednesday after busting open a blood vessel on a Daniel Schlereth pitch in the dirt the night before. He's expected to be available if needed.
Laird said there was still some soreness in the area, which is still black and blue. However, the swelling is down significantly from Tuesday night, when he said it looked like a golf ball on the inside of his elbow. He has had blood vessels pop before, he said, but never this bad.
Alex Avila started behind the plate Wednesday against Yankees right-hander Dustin Moseley. With right-handers for the next couple days, Avila could remain in the lineup until Laird's soreness is down.