Shoulder surgery for Flowers; Johnson headed to Sox
In Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Tyler Flowers hit a solo home run with two outs in the eighth inning.
Looking back now, it could have been the catcher's last at-bat in a White Sox uniform.
Before today's game against New York at Yankee Stadium, the Sox announced Flowers is going to have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder. He's expected to be sidelined 3-6 months.
Manager Robin Ventura told reporters Flowers has been hampered by the injury for "at least a month or two," and the shoulder bothered the 27-year-old catcher more on throws than with hitting.
"He's at the point where he just feels like he needs to get something done," Ventura said. "You could notice when he couldn't get anything on a throw to second as much as he had earlier in the year."
Flowers finishes the season with a disappointing hitting line of .195/.247/.355 to go with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 84 games. He struck out 94 times in 256 at-bats.
Flowers basically lost his starting job in early July, when Josh Phegley was called up from Class AAA Charlotte.
The White Sox brought up catcher Bryan Anderson from Charlotte on Sunday, and they’re expected to call up minor-league catcher Miguel Gonzalez tomorrow to add more depth behind the plate.
--There’s been no official announcement from the White Sox, but Gonzalez, top pitching prospect Erik Johnson, infielder Marcus Semien and relief pitcher Daniel Webb are expected to join the club on Tuesday.
Johnson is positioned to make his first major-league start on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Sox’ top pitching prospect was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA at Charlotte after opening the season with AA Birmingham and going 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA.