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Avila unavailable; Berry ready to go if needed

Avila unavailable; Berry ready to go if needed

Avila unavailable; Berry ready to go if needed
DETROIT -- Catcher Alex Avila and outfielder Quintin Berry were out of the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the A's.

Avila is still suffering from mild concussion symptoms and was unavailable. Berry, who injured his right shoulder diving for a shallow fly ball and was removed from Tuesday's contest with a right shoulder bruise, said prior to the game that he could play.

"I could've started today. I feel good, man," Berry said. "If they need me, I'll be ready to do whatever they need. Swing it, play defense, pinch-run, whatever."

Berry took batting practice on the field prior to the game and appeared to be fine. Manager Jim Leyland said before the injury that Berry, after starting three of the Tigers' past four games, would sit against left-hander Brett Anderson anyway.

For Avila, the news was a bit more positive than Tuesday. The 25-year-old went through a full workout prior to Wednesday's game and said he is no longer experiencing headaches.

The next step will be getting tested again Thursday morning. If all goes well, it's unknown if he'll be in the starting lineup, but he anticipates being available off the bench.

Manager Jim Leyland remained hopeful that at the latest, Avila will be back by Friday.

"I'm hoping by the time ... Minnesota gets here, Alex will be ready."

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