Believe it or not, Alex Avila being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday just might be the best thing for him at this point.
His performance on the field couldn't have gotten much worse this season.
The only thing consistent about Avila's game so far in 2013 is that he's been consistently bad. He's posted averages of .183, .158 and .171 in the months of April, May and June, respectively, leading to a .172 overall mark with five home runs and 13 RBI in 48 games.
Avila, whose latest trip to the DL is because of a bruised left forearm, had a breakout season in 2011 with a .295 average, 19 home runs and 82 RBI. He earned an All-Star appearance and helped lead the Tigers to their first AL Central championship.
But just as quickly as he emerged, his game caved last season, as he posted a .243 average with nine long balls and 48 RBI. His production this year has gotten even worse.
He's lost a significant amount of playing time in favor of backup catcher Brayan Pena, who's hitting .109 points higher than Avila and has just one less RBI in 21 fewer games.
Avila was supposed to be the Tigers' catcher of the future. But with his performance over the last season-and-a-half, the Tigers may have to seriously look into other options behind the plate.
While he's on the DL, Avila will be able to watch more film and the action from the dugout. Hopefully he'll be able to figure out what has gone wrong so far this season. If he doesn't, the Tigers might be in trouble at catcher for a long time.