Alex Avila’s back “much better”
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Avila said his back feels much better Sunday, a day after the White Sox catcher came out of a game with low back stiffness.
Avila said it’s possible he will catch Monday.
The Sox play the Giants Sunday in Scottsdale. Their final Cactus League game is Wednesday, with two exhibitions to follow in San Diego before next Monday’s season opener against the Athletics in Oakland.
“I feel great today,” Avila said. “Much better. I knew it wasn’t something that was going to keep me out.”
Avila, 29, said it’s normal for him to deal with back stiffness at some point during the spring.
The left-handed hitting Avila, who batted .191 during a 2015 season with the Detroit Tigers that was shortened by a knee injury, is 1-for-17 this spring, with 12 strikeouts and seven walks.
“To be honest with you, results in spring training mean absolutely nothing,” Avila said.
“I know exactly what I’ve got to do to get ready and spring training for me, it’s all about getting ready for the year.
“I’d probably like it if I had two or three more hits, my average would probably look better, and you probably wouldn’t be asking me.”
Lineup vs. Jake Peavy and the Giants:
A. Garcia RF