When Alex Avila boarded the Detroit Tigers’ flight to Boston on Friday, he was still wearing the effects from his two-car pileup at the plate with David Ross.
He boarded the plane at almost the same time as manager Jim Leyland, who could see the lingering aches.
“He’s a little sore,” Leyland said.
Whether a beat-up Avila will be able to play in Game 6 of the American League Championship series Saturday is still uncertain, said Leyland, and with the Tigers facing elimination, Leyland must weigh what to do with his lineup based on his starting catcher’s health. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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