Catcher Alex Avila might not be available tonight when the Tigers begin a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park.

Avila didn't play in Monday's 5-4 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, one day after suffering a sprained jaw after colliding with Prince Fielder's elbow chasing after a pop-up.

Leyland said before Monday's game that he'd play Gerald Laird to give Avila a rest.

"I got word just prior to the game that Alex was a total scratch for (Monday)," Leyland said after the game. "He took batting practice. He actually swung pretty good, but he had a headache and didn't feel very well at all. He got a headache right away, and the trainer alerted me that he would not be available.