Nick Castellanos, holding out a cell phone recorder, was standing in back of a group of reporters talking to new Tigers utility man Mike Aviles Thursday.

Reporter: Are you looking forward to beating out Nick Castellanos at third base this spring?

Aviles: "I can’t wait. I went in and asked the skipper for a chance. Just give me a chance and we’ll see how things play out. (Pause) Oh, hey Nick.”

Aviles was all smiles Thursday, his first day working out with his new teammates. That in itself is not unusual. The day Mike Aviles doesn’t wear a smile at the ballpark may be the day he calls it quits.

But his heart is a whole lot lighter these days.

His 5-year-old daughter Adriana, he announced, is cancer free.