Tigers scratch C Avila because of sore right arm

Tigers scratch C Avila because of sore right arm
October 28, 2012, 5:49 pm
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Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila hits a single during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers scratched catcher Alex Avila from their starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night and replaced him with Gerald Laird.

Avila, in Sunday night's original starting lineup, had been playing with a sore right arm since he was hit between the elbow and wrist by a foul tip in the opener.

``The trainer told me just a little bit ago it's probably best not to go with him,'' Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. ``In an emergency I'm sure he could go back there and catch the ball.''

San Francisco led the series 3-0 heading into Sunday's game. Laird entered the night 0 for 3 in the series and Avila was 1 for 7.

Leyland wasn't sure what Avila's status would be if the Tigers won to extend the series.

``That would be a concern, to be honest with you,'' he said. ``Alex is very tough, without question, one of the toughest I've ever managed. If it's hurting, it's hurting. But I would have to talk to our medical team about that.''