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The Braves are bringing back free agent catcher Tyler Flowers. He'll return to the team on a minor league contract and report to the alternate training site in Gwinnett.
Flowers has spent parts of each of the last 12 seasons in the majors, including the last five with the Braves. He was not re-signed in the offseason but is now being brought back after Travis d'Arnaud landed on the 60-day injured list with a thumb injury. He slashed .217/.325/.348 with eight walks and 34 strikeouts over 22 games last season.
Tyler Flowers was removed from Thursday's game against the Nationals after being hit by a pitch in the elbow.
Atlanta is calling the exit precautionary, so it sounds as if Flowers will avoid an IL stint. We should get an update on his status sometime on Friday.
Tylers Flowers worked out in Atlanta on Tuesday and could potentially rejoin the team on Wednesday for the Home Opener per manager Brian Snitker.
Flowers was experiencing COVID symptoms, without testing positive, but stayed in Atlanta during the team's opening road trip. He was able to get some work in on Tuesday and seems healthy enough to rejoin the club. He'll probably split time with rookie Alex Jackson once he's back. The possible return of Travis d'Arnaud could complicate things as well but he will likely play 1B and get some work at DH. There's not much fantasy appeal with any of them but d'Arnaud is the best bet if he can get steady AB's.
Tyler Flowers did not travel to New York with the rest of the team to take on the Mets due to having symptoms related to COVID-19. Despite having symptoms, he has tested negative.
Flowers should be considered day-to-day until we get additional information and he takes another COVID test. Alex Jackson is starting at catcher in his stead.
The Braves are re-signing Tyler Flowers on a one-year contract worth $4 million.
This is just some clever accounting by the Braves, who are declining Flowers' $6 million option and handing him a $2 million buyout. So he'll still receive $6 million for his 2020 services, but only $4 million will go towards the team's payroll. The 33-year-old will once again get a decent amount of starts behind the plate for Atlanta next year.