Flowers staying ready despite lack of starts

Flowers staying ready despite lack of starts

CLEVELAND -- Tuesday's postponement of the White Sox game at Progressive Field turned Tyler Flowers' second start into an extended work day. The backup backstop will go at least one week in between starts, but feels comfortable with the preparation he's doing to stay fresh offensively.

"Where I'm at, I have a pretty good chance if it does continue to be a week at a time, and I don't think it will be," Flowers said. "If it does happen to be, I feel like I'm in a good spot.

"[Hitting coach Jeff] Manto is really working with me on some stuff, keeping it as simple as we can to have a fighting chance in the box. I feel really good where I'm at."

Flowers appreciates manager Robin Ventura looking at his bench players more like secondary starters then seldom-used players in reserve.

"That's kind of what it looks like, which is good," Flowers said. "He's not that far removed from playing, so I think he understands to keep the 'bench guys' ready and in shape.

"It would be good to get us in there a little more often. If something happens or when we need to be in a big situation, we have a little extra confidence going from an at-bat two days ago instead of eight days ago."