Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers has been one of the few bright spots for the major league club this season, but the veteran has suffered an injury setback that will reportedly cost him the next 4-to-6 weeks of availability.
sources: tyler flowers has a broken hand. out 4-6 weeks.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 12, 2016
Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that Flowers will be out of commission for that lengthy period of time. In addition, Mark Bowman of MLB.com brings word that the timetable could be for even longer.
Tyler Flowers has a broken left hand. Will miss at least six weeks, but it's possible he won't return until some time in September.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 12, 2016
This issue arose after Flowers was struck in the hand by a pitch, and the 30-year-old was reportedly scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday that apparently revealed this particular diagnosis.
The 2016 season has been a kind one for Flowers, who currently holds a .253/.343/.425 slash line with seven home runs and nine doubles in only 198 plate appearances. In his absence, A.J. Pierzynski would theoretically act as Atlanta’s starting catcher, with the possibility that Anthony Recker (or Blake Lalli) could be called up from Gwinnett to act as the team’s backup.