Avila returns to baseball activities
He stayed at home during the last road trip, prompting Jim Leyland to teasingly note that Avila was sitting at home "eating Twinkies and watching 'Days of Our Lives.' "
"He feels good, but he hasn’t done anything, so I don’t know what to tell you. He’s done absolutely nothing since we left. I don’t know what the plan is for him today. I assume he’ll get out there and move around a little bit, but I don’t really know what to tell you. When you sit around, you normally don’t hurt. But, when you go out and try to do something, you might," Leyland said before Friday's game. "So, I don’t know what to expect, but I think he’s going to start doing some things. He’ll take it easy, but do some things to see how it’s coming along. We’d like to shoot for (a return by next weekend's series vs.) Pittsburgh, but I don’t know if that’s going to be possible or not. A lot of positive stuff has to happen before that."