Injured Braves catcher Tyler Flowers could be ready to return from the disabled list in about two weeks according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David O’Brien. Flowers told O’Brien that he is “ahead of schedule” and is already taking dry swings.
“I’m hitting off the tee today,” Flowers said Sunday afternoon, before a session in the indoor batting cages at Turner Field. “I did dry swings a few days ago, last five swings at 100 percent. I didn’t have any pain, so that’s good. We’re definitely ahead of schedule, so we’ll see.”
Flowers suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch right before the All-Star break. It was originally thought that he would be out at least six weeks. Anthony Recker has filled in nicely in place of Flowers going 8-for-24 in his first nine games with the Braves. Flowers was hitting .253 with 7 home runs and 23 RBIs in 53 games so far this season.
Matt Marksberry to be re-evaulated on Sunday
Matt Marksberry left Saturday’s game in the ninth inning due to injury. Brian Snitker told reporters after the game that Marksberry was dealing with an inflamed rotator-cuff and would be re-evaluated on Sunday.
The Braves promoted Marksberry on Thursday following the trade of Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez to the Rangers. Marksberry allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning on Thursday but couldn’t make it out of the ninth on Saturday.