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Flowers embracing new approach at plate

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tyler Flowers had changed his approach at the plate before his Sept. 5 season-ending shoulder surgery. It was a change Flowers thought would be greatly beneficial, but one he did not want to detail Saturday aside from saying it would be noticeable when he hits.

Flowers was willing to discuss the mental side of the change in his swing.

"Basically, I just decided at a point last year that I will do what I want to do more so," Flowers said. "I'm not going to be rude to the other coaches. Everybody is here to help everybody be better, but there comes a point where you become so uncomfortable and you get so many directions on things to try and do that you lose who you are and what feels good to you.

"That's more of where I'm at right now. I'm not just going to change everything just to please other people. I'll be comfortable and do, for the most part, what I want to do unless lack of success dictates a change."

Any further changes will not come until at least 20 games into the regular season, Flowers said.

"I'm going to stick with what I'm doing because I believe in it and I'm comfortable in it and it feels good," Flowers said. "It takes everybody time when you start in games. You see 92 mph that looks like 98 the first week of spring.

"There will be adjustments as far as reacting to speeds. But I will stick with what I'm doing, and you will see it when you watch me swing."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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