Flowers has seen action in only five spring games so far, going 2-for-10 with two doubles.
Atlanta brought the veteran catcher along slowly this spring to limit the wear and tear on his 34-year-old knees, but the suspension of Grapefruit League action but any plans to ramp up his activity level on hold for now. Flowers will split reps with Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate during the regular season, but he could be on the short end of that arrangement after failing to post an OPS above .732 in either of the last two campaigns.
Flowers was signed to a one-year, $4 million contract by the Braves on Monday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The 33-year-old's option on his contract was previously declined, but he will return to the Braves anyway, as the move appears to have been to move payroll around. Flowers hit .229/.319/.413 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 2019 as he split time at catcher with Brian McCann, and Flowers will likely take over as the primary catcher next season following McCann's retirement.
Flowers went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in a 3-1 victory against the Phillies on Wednesday.
The Braves catcher supplied his team's only real offense of the night, but it was enough for the win. The 33-year-old is now one homer shy of his best total in four seasons with the Braves. He's batting .235 with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and 34 runs in 247 at-bats this season.
Flowers is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Flowers had been serving as the Braves' primary backstop for the past week and a half, but he now appears set to cede those duties to Brian McCann (knee), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday. While McCann was idle, Flowers went 9-for-23 with three extra-base hits, six walks, eight runs and five RBI in nine games.
Flowers went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a three-run homer and a second run scored in Friday's 10-7 win over the White Sox.
His second-inning blast off Ivan Nova gave Atlanta a lead it would never relinquish. Flowers hadn't gone yard since Aug. 4, and on the year he's slashing .236/.317/.429 with 10 homers and 26 RBI.
Flowers is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Flowers has started two of the past four games behind the dish, with Francisco Cervelli, who is starting at catcher Wednesday, getting the nod in the other two. In 15 appearances since the start of August, Flowers is slashing .186/.271/.302.
Flowers is not in the lineup Monday against the Rockies.
Flowers was expected to be the Braves' primary catcher while Brian McCann battles a knee injury, but he's now sitting for the third time in four games. Francisco Cervelli gets the nod behind the plate for Monday's contest.
Flowers is not in Friday's lineup against the Mets.
Flowers is hitting .167 with one home run in 36 at-bats this month. Alex Jackson will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
Flowers will start at catcher and bat seventh Wednesday against the Marlins.
The Braves likely always planned to have Flowers play Wednesday with southpaw Caleb Smith on the bump for Miami, but the backstop now stands to see steady work versus right-handed pitching as well after top catcher Brian McCann (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Atlanta called up Alex Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move to add another option behind the plate, but the rookie probably won't be a serious threat to Flowers after managing a lowly .434 OPS in 11 games this month in the minors.
Flowers will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday against the Twins, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The Braves have run a somewhat equitable timeshare at catcher for portions of the season, but Flowers has clearly fallen behind Brian McCann on the depth chart since the All-Star break. Flowers will crack the lineup for just the 10th time in the second half in what amounts to a maintenance day for McCann due to the quick turnaround for Wednesday's series finale. Dating back to the beginning of May, Flowers is slashing an ugly .187/.269/.388 while striking out in 35.9 percent of his plate appearances.
Flowers went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 13-1 loss to the Brewers.
Atlanta was only down 3-0 when the veteran catcher connected on his eighth homer of the year, but the floodgates opened after that. Flowers hadn't gone yard since June 22, and he seems to have fallen behind Brian McCann on the depth chart, starting only four of 11 games in July.
Flowers went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Saturday's 13-9 win over the Nationals.
The veteran catcher continues to thrive in a timeshare with Brian McCann. Neither backstop has started more than two games in a row since April, but Flowers is taking advantage of being well rested, slashing .314/.444/.571 through 45 plate appearances in June with with two homers and five RBI.
Flowers went 2-for-4 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Sunday's rout of the Phillies.
Splitting time behind the plate with Brian McCann seems to be keeping both veteran catchers fresh and productive. For his part, Flowers is slashing .286/.432/.500 through nine games in June, and on the season he's got six homers in 40 contests after hitting only eight in 82 games last year.
Flowers went 1-for-4 with two walks, a double and a run scored in Sunday's extra-innings win over the Marlins.
His run was a big one -- after doubling with one out in the ninth and Atlanta down 5-1, he advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored on a balk, setting the stage for Ronald Acuna's game-tying three-run homer later in the inning. Flowers has been stuck in a slump, going 4-for-33 (.121) in his prior 11 games, but Sunday's performance might be what the 33-year-old needed to spark his bat.
Flowers is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Before sitting out Wednesday's 7-4 loss, Flowers had started at catcher in each of the Braves' previous three games. It's worth noting, however, that the opposition deployed a lefty starting pitcher in each of those contests, so Flowers still appears to be stuck in the short end of a platoon with McCann. Flowers will still pick up occasional work against right-handers when McCann requires rest, but the timeshare arrangement is nonetheless harmful for Flowers' fantasy purposes.
Flowers went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over San Francisco on Thursday.
Flowers hit a 405-foot blast off Madison Bumgarner in the fifth inning to temporarily tie the score. The backstop continues to split time with Brian McCann; both have been effective this season, with Flowers owning the edge in homers, 5-3. His other counting stats have been minimal, however, as he has only two additional extra-base hits and has driven in only nine runs on the season.
Flowers went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Friday's 12-8 win over the Brewers.
The catcher's sixth-inning blast off Corbin Burnes was one of three in the frame and four on the game for Atlanta hitters. Flowers is now slashing .293/.356/.488 on the year with four homers in 25 games, but he's had trouble turning those hits into fantasy production -- he has only eight runs and eight RBI.
Flowers went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI against Arizona on Sunday.
Flowers knocked home a run in the third inning on a single to right field, and he tacked on a big insurance tally in the eighth on a triple. The 33-year-old backstop is slashing .276/.329/.447 with three homers and six RBI through 23 games in 2019.
Flowers will start behind the plate and bat seventh Thursday against the Padres.
The Braves have been running a fairly even timeshare between Flowers and McCann since the latter returned from the injured list April 17. McCann has drawn eight starts behind the plate over that span, while Flowers will pick up his seventh in the series finale. The arrangement serves to limit the fantasy value of both players but should prove helpful in preserving the tandem's health over a 162-game schedule.
Flowers went 4-for-4 with two solo home runs Friday against the Rockies.
Flowers accounted for half of Atlanta's offense in an 8-4 loss. He left the yard in the sixth and ninth innings, boosting his home-run total to three on the season. The 33-year-old backstop is hitting .378 with four extra-base hits and four RBI over 13 contests in 2019.
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