Flowers returns to spot behind the plate

Flowers returns to spot behind the plate

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tyler Flowers returned to the White Sox starting lineup Tuesday, using Monday's off-day as an extra treatment day to heal from a stiff back.

Flowers, slotted to catch and hit No. 8 against Cincinnati, had been sidelined since Friday with the injury, which arose when he woke up Friday morning.

"From my light workout the other day, I'd say running was probably the [toughest thing to deal with]," Flowers said. "Hitting was fine, throwing was fine, and I caught a bullpen and that was fine. Running was the only time I felt it."

White Sox fans won't soon forget A.J. Pierzynski, who departed for Texas in the offseason. But if Flowers' hot hitting can carry over into the season, the South Siders should be in good shape behind the plate. He pieced together a .316/.480/.632 slash line in his first nine Cactus League games.

With his long-awaited opportunity to start finally here, Flowers said he's going to take extra precautions to make sure the back issue doesn't resurface.

"I've got a new routine to try to make sure it doesn't come up again," Flowers said. "That's helped me get to this point, and I plan on doing it for the whole year. I don't want something like this to ruin this opportunity."

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.