Craig Gentry is available again after being bothered the past four days by a sprained right ankle. He was used as a defensive replacement in Tuesday's game. Left-handed reliever Michael Kirkman and right-handed reliever Mark Lowe are still likely unavailable to pitch tonight. Kirkman went five innings on Monday and Lowe pitched three innings. Martin Perez and Justin Grimm are in the bullpen but one of them is expected to start Saturday against the Athletics. Michael Young has a career .327 average against the Tigers. Tigers: Injury might limit Avila's time behind the plate
Alex Avila returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing Monday's game and being diagnosed with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.
"He's playing today because he said he felt good," manager Jim Leyland said. "They gave him some heavy medication for the inflammation that really helped it during the game last night, and today he said he's ready to go."
He went 1-for-4 with a double on Tuesday, and has two hits in his last 18 at-bats since returning from the disabled list on June 21. Leyland said he might have to watch how much he puts Avila behind the plate.
"He might not catch as much as we want, but who knows," Leyland said. "I don't know that for sure. This medication might just knock it out. He might feel good for two months without any issues at all. I can't answer that."