But with starting catcher A.J. Pierzynski suffering an injury in July and now in a slump, Flowers has been getting more of an opportunity. After filling in for Pierzynski, who was ejected, on Saturday and then starting on Sunday, Flowers will get the nod again on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.
Flowers has been making the most of his chances lately. He hit a game-tying home run on Saturday and a game-winning home run on Sunday. He has a six-game hitting streak and is 9-for-21 with four homers and seven RBIs during the streak.
Pierzynski is hitless in his last five games and is 5-for-32 over his last 10 games. He has not homered and has had three RBIs since Aug. 13. He is hitting .288 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs for the season.
“(Pierzynski) can get frustrated like anybody else,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said prior to Wednesday’s game. “You’re just trying to give him a break here or there. He’ll start (Thursday.) I think it’s more for the mind than anything else. Tyler has been doing fine lately. It’s a good break for A.J.”
Here’s the White Sox’s lineup against the Orioles on Wednesday:
1. Dewayne Wise, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. Dayan Viciedo, LF
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
Dylan Axelrod, RHP