Avila said that he could play once he gets treatment. Of course, he always says he can play.
"It's pretty sore today," Avila admitted before batting practice. "I'll try to get it loosened up a little bit."
Of all the various bumps and bruises Avila has had over the last couple of years as Detroit's regular catcher, this is a new one. He said he "messed up a little bit" and didn't flip his hand over to catch the pitch, leaving himself open to a deflection. Still, it's an unusual injury.