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Alex Avila heads out on rehab assignment

Alex Avila is on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. May 19, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Catcher Alex Avila, who left for AAA Charlotte Sunday for his second minor league rehab assignment of the season, is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday when the White Sox return home to play the Detroit Tigers.

Avila strained his right hamstring for the second time this season on July 5 against the Yankees. Avila was batting .279 (19-for-68) with a .395 on-base percentage over his last 20 games.

Dioner Navarro went on a hot streak when he carried the catching load in Avila’s absence the first time Avila got hurt in late April but not this time. The switch-hitter is hitless in his last 20 at-bats and was given the day off. Omar Narvaez made his major league debut, catching Jacob Turner in the right-handers Sox debut Sunday.

“I actually feel better at this point as far as timeframe than I did last time,’’ Avila said before heading out. I’m eligible to come off Thursday, so that’s what my plan is.’’

Avila ran, caught bullpens and took batting practice with the team over the weekend.