Avila progressing from concussion symptoms

Tigers catcher to take part in batting practice prior to Sunday's game

Avila progressing from concussion symptoms

DETROIT -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who is out this week while dealing with the aftereffects of a concussion, is expected to take batting practice on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium to see if he's nearing readiness for a return.

Avila, who had been feeling lightheaded and disoriented while hitting in the cage on Thursday and Friday, hit soft-toss pitches and ran on Saturday morning without issue, according to manager Brad Ausmus. It was Avila's first day without concussion symptoms since he left last Sunday's game against Cleveland with dizziness following an at-bat.

If Avila can take batting practice without issue, it could put him on track for a return early next week. He's expected to miss Sunday's series finale against the Royals regardless.

Avila's absence has meant five starts in six days for Bryan Holaday, who will likely start on Sunday as well. Top catching prospect and September callup James McCann started on Friday and had two hits.

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