Alex Avila’s Knees A Wildcard for the Detroit Tigers

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Asserting through alliteration, Alex Avila’s knees could abate his availability and adversely affect, though likely not arrest, the aerial assault the accomplished 2013 Detroit Tigers‘ batting lineup is aiming on unleashing on the American League.

No doubt, everyone in Detroit is hoping that Avila can stay healthy and be more like the Avila from 2011 and less like the inconsistent Avila from 2012, who was playing through injury because he didn’t want to subject Tigers’ fans to having to watch any more of Gerald Laird.

In Avila was named to the AL All-Star team in 2011, but was diagnosed with patellar tendonitis in 2012, which in non-medical jargon means he’s gots some janky ol’ knee tendons that be gettin’ all jacked up. His knee has since been injected with some sort of platelet-rich plasma infused with a magic elixir, the result of which being that Avila is feeling much better.

Baring an influx of injuries or Detroit bird flu epidemic, the Tigers’ 2013 batting order will resemble a modern-day Murders’ Row. Avila isn’t quite a Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, or Victor Martinez, but the man can still hit, still drive in runs, and is still an effective offensive player when he’s healthy. Having him in the lineup just makes it that much tougher on opposing pitchers.

He’s not stone cold and he’s not somewhat bionic. Yes, it’s true Avila is no Steve Austin. However, we can rebuild him, we have the technology, and we certainly don’t want to see a Brayan Pena-heavy season in Detroit, although, at least that would be better than a Gerald Laird-heavy season.

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