Tyler Flowers

AtlAtlanta Braves
Tyler Flowers
Jul 15: Flowers (hand) was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday, retroactive to July 10. He will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a broken left hand. Anthony Recker's contract was selected from Triple-A as a corresponding move. A.J. Pierzynski figures to get the bulk of the work behind the plate while Flowers is out, with Recker serving as the backup in the short term.

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Jul 12: Flowers will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken hand, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Flowers left Saturday's game with what was initially thought to be a left hand strain but it turns out he broke a bone. As a result, he'll require 4-6 weeks to heal up and return to baseball activities. In the meantime, A.J. Pierzynski is in line to see the bulk of catching duties for the first month following the All-Star Break.

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Jul 10: Flowers (hand) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Kevin McAlpin 680 The Fan reports. Flowers left Saturday's game with a left hand strain in the second inning of the contest. It is not clear what the exact extent of the injury is as of this time, but the Braves will start A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate for Sunday's series finale.

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Jul 9: Flowers exited Saturday's game with a left hand strain. The 30-year-old catcher came out of the game in the second inning Saturday and was replaced by A.J. Pierzynski. The extent of Flowers' injury is unknown at this point, but the initial diagnosis of a strain rather than a break is encouraging news nonetheless. If the Braves give Flowers the day off Sunday to get extra rest before the All-Star break, Pierzynski will likely draw in behind the plate.

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Jul 9: Flowers left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. A.J. Pierzynski came on to catch in the bottom of the second inning Saturday after Flowers departed with an apparent injury. More information on Flowers' status figures to be made available later Saturday, but Pierzynski will continue to catch should Flowers miss additional time.

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Jul 8: Flowers went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and three RBI Friday at the White Sox. Flowers' seventh blast of the season gave the Braves a 3-1 lead in the second inning of a road victory. He's now left the yard three times over his last eight games, and he's slashing .254/.345/.428 on the year.

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Jul 6: Flowers is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies. Flowers will take a seat after catching Tuesday evening's contest, giving way to veteran A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Tuesday, bringing his season batting average down to .250.

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Jul 4: Flowers is out of the lineup Monday against the Phillies. After starting four of the last five games behind the plate, Flowers will get a regular day off in favor of A.J. Pierzynski for the afternoon contest.

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Jul 2: Flowers is out of the lineup Saturday against the Marlins. He has started six of the last eight games for the Braves, notching nine hits - including a pair of home runs - over that span. A.J. Pierzynski will get the start behind the dish and hit seventh Saturday.

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Jul 1: Flowers went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Marlins. Flowers' sixth blast of the year led off the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings. He's now homered twice in his last four games, and he' slugging .421 on the year.

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Jun 28: Flowers is out of the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Indians. Flowers has been splitting time with A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate as of late. The backstop will rest while Pierzynski starts and bats sixth on Tuesday. Flowers has gotten at least one hit in the last three games he's played in, including a homer on Monday against the Indians.

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Jun 27: Flowers went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians. Flowers has had a quiet month of June, hitting just .213 with four RBI. The backstop has been splitting time with A.J. Pierzysnki this season, but his batting average has dropped each month thus far. He's now hitting .245 with five home runs and 15 RBI for the season.

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Jun 26: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets. Chalk this up as a regular day of rest for the primary backstop in Atlanta, as Flowers will get the day off in favor of veteran A.J. Pierzynski. Despite collecting three hits in his last two games, Flowers' batting average has dipped 16 points to .245 in the month of June.

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Jun 23: Flowers is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets. Flowers will get another day off after going 0-for-3 in Wednesday's loss against the Marlins. He has started three of the past four contests but will sit Thursday's game in favor of A.J. Pierzynski, who will man the catching duties while batting sixth. Flowers will likely be back in the lineup Friday.

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Jun 13: Flowers is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds. A.J. Pierzynski will get the nod as the Braves stack their lineup with left-handed hitters in a matchup with Cincinnati right-hander Daniel Wright. Flowers is having a decent season offensively, hitting .237 with three home runs and 12 RBI through 36 games.

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Jun 11: Flowers is not in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs, Kevin McAlpin of BravesRadioNet reports. Flowers will be given a maintenance day with A.J. Pierzynski getting the call behind the dish. The 30-year-old has doubled and homered over his last two games and is posting career highs in both batting average and on-base percentage in his first year with Atlanta.

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Jun 7: Flowers is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres. Flowers returned to the lineup Monday after sitting Sunday in favor of A.J. Pierzynski. The veteran Pierzynski will also start Tuesday's game with right-hander Colin Rea on the mound for the Padres. With southpaw Drew Pomeranz taking the hill Wednesday for San Diego, Flowers will likely rejoin the lineup.

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Jun 6: Flowers is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres. After getting Sunday off, Flowers is back and starting behind the plate. His return will be greeted with open arms, as his .348 OBP ranks third among Braves with more than 70 at-bats. However, he's struggled recently, going just 2-for-15 in the last seven days.

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Jun 5: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers. After making three straight starts behind the plate, Flowers will take a seat in favor of veteran A.J. Pierzynski. Chalk it up as a routine day off for the Braves' primary backstop, who will likely be back behind the plate for Monday's series opener in San Diego.

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Jun 1: Flowers is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants. Flowers is having a solid season offensively, hitting .267 with two home runs and 11 RBI, but will take the day off in favor of lefty A.J. Pierzynski. It is likely that Flowers returns Thursday with southpaw Madison Bumgarner on the mound for the Giants.

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May 29: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. After three straight starts at catcher, it was time for Flowers to get a regular day of rest. Veteran A.J. Pierzynski will man the backstop in Flowers' stead.

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May 26: Flowers went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and a walk Thursday against the Brewers. Flowers gave Atlanta a two-run lead in the first inning with his homer, and the 30-year-old backstop has hit safely in seven of the past nine games. Over that span, Flowers has hit .333 with four extra-base hits, and he seems to be heating up at the plate.

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May 19: Flowers went 3-for-4 with a home run, his first of the year, in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Pirates. Despite being the backup catcher, Flowers has played in just four less games than starter A.J. Pierzynski. Flowers has been seeing more run lately and already has more at-bats in May than he did all of April. The 30-year-old in his eighth season holds minimal value in most leagues.

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May 10: Flowers is in the lineup and batting fourth for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Flowers is hitting .250/.340/.250 with six RBI through 15 games this season as the Braves' reserve catcher.

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May 2: Flowers went 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks over four games last week. The Braves backup catcher had a strong start to the season, going 9-for-26 (.346) in his first eight games. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI against the Dodgers on April 19. With A.J. Pierzynski struggling, there might have been a chance for Flowers to receive more playing time, but that's probably not as likely now with Flowers' recent slump.

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Apr 19: Flowers knocked in three runs as part of a 4-for-4 game in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers. Flowers has appeared in just five games as A.J. Pierzynski's backup but has fared well, going 7-for-17 (.421) in his limited appearances. Pierzynski is hitting just .156/.229/.188 in his first 35 plate appearances, so Flowers may have the chance to work his way into more at-bats if this trend continues.

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Apr 19: Flowers is in the lineup and batting sixth for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers. The 30-year-old is hitting .239/.375/.231 this season and will make his fifth start of the year in order to give Pierzynski a day off.

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Apr 14: Flowers is getting the day off Thursday against the Nationals. He has started three of the Braves' eight games this year, and appears to be settling in as the backup to A.J. Pierzynski, who is catching Thursday and hitting fifth.

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Apr 9: Flowers is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. A.J Pierzynski will return behind the plate Saturday after getting the night off for the series opener Friday. Flowers went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Friday's game against the Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals and he should have his fair share of starts behind the plate when the Braves face left-handers.

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Apr 8: Flowers is in the lineup and batting seventh Friday. Flowers will make his season debut against the Cardinals on Friday, replacing A.J. Pierzynski in the lineup. The 30-year-old hit .281 in 2015 against left-handed pitching, so he should have a favorable matchup against Jaime Garcia.

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Apr 1: Flowers will be the starting catcher for the Braves' second game of the season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It appears that the Braves will be employing a platoon at catcher to start the season, as A.J. Pierzynski is slated to start on Opening Day against the right-handed Max Scherzer, while Flowers will face left-handed Gio Gonzalez in the following game. It is unclear if this platoon will be used all year, but it would be bad news for Flowers if it did last, as he would receive fewer starts as a result of it.

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Mar 16: Flowers (hamstring) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Tuesday's spring loss to the Tigers. A hamstring injury slowed Flowers last week, but it seems he's put that issue behind him. The 30-year-old was behind the plate Sunday and Tuesday, working his way up to six innings Tuesday after catching four frames Sunday. He is just 3-for-16 this spring, but Flowers still appears in line to split catching duties fairly evenly with A.J. Pierzynski.

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Mar 11: Flowers (hamstring) took part in baseball activities Friday morning but is not yet ready for game action, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports. Flowers was set to play Friday, but the Braves scratched him from the lineup, even though he took batting practice Friday morning. He remains day-to-day and should jump into a game in the near future.

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Mar 10: Flowers (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's spring game, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was originally thought that Flowers would play Thursday despite his injury, but the Braves will give him one more day to rest. His status remains the same for now, as the Braves expect him to return to the field Friday.

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Mar 9: Flowers has a mild leg injury, but manager Fredi Gonzalez hopes he can return to the lineup Thursday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. It sounds like the issue is not very severe, although it is somewhat troubling given the fact that he had offseason knee surgery. Things should become more clear once the Braves take the field Thursday against the Marlins.

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