Avila to begin rehab assignment Monday

Avila to begin rehab assignment Monday

Avila to begin rehab assignment Monday
DETROIT -- The Tigers finalized their plans to send out catcher Alex Avila on a rehab assignment. He'll play three straight games with Triple-A Toledo starting Monday in hopes of being activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.

Avila, who went on the DL a week and a half ago with a strained right hamstring, is scheduled to catch five innings for the Mud Hens on Monday and Tuesday, then play at DH on Wednesday.

The Hens are at home all three days, so assuming he feels fine after that, Avila will be able to join the Tigers for their homestand finale Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.

The catcher's return would come just in time for a marathon stretch of games for the Tigers, who play 20 games in 20 days before the All-Star break. Gerald Laird has been getting the majority of starts behind the plate in Avila's absence, but rookie Bryan Holaday started the last two games against Rockies left-handers Jeff Francis and Christian Friedrich.