Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been cleared to play after missing four games due to a mild concussion and a sprained jaw sustained in a collision with first baseman Prince Fielder on Sunday. Despite displaying concussive symptoms as recently as Wednesday, Avila passed a concussion test on Thursday and the Tigers feel the catcher is healthy enough to play, per the Detroit News:
Avila probably will start tonight against the Twins after missing the entire A's series.
"My jaw is going to be sore for another few days," he said. "But I feel more normal. No more headaches."
Avila lost consciousness when his jaw collided with Fielder’s elbow while chasing down a pop-up on Sunday. The catcher reportedly experienced headaches and memory loss after the event, but the Tigers did not classify his injury as a concussion until Tuesday.
After a mammoth 2011, the lefty-hitting catcher is batting .247/.355/.388 with just eight home runs and 43 RBI on the season.