Flowers back after missing a series

CHICAGO -- Tyler Flowers returned to the Chicago White Sox lineup Monday after missing the entire Miami Marlins series with a bad back.

His back was so bad last week that he couldn’t even bend over to tie his shoes. The soreness might not be completely gone, but he’s good enough to play again as they start the crosstown series against the Chicago Cubs.

Flowers said the soreness was only an issue swinging the bat and not while crouching down behind the plate.

Flowers also had a back issue this spring, although the most recent one wasn’t as bad.

“I just kind of woke up with it and I had a hard time moving a few days ago,” Flowers said. “If anyone has a secret let me know. I don't know what's causing it or what it is. I'm just continuing to do the same things I've done. I do a number of back exercises and stuff and with this episode in spring, I'm just trying to avoid it.”

Flowers is still trying to get himself on track offensively with a .202 batting average, a .269 on-base percentage and a .345 slugging percentage. The White Sox have been fine with his work behind the plate, especially with guiding the starting staff to the second best ERA in the American League at 3.57.

The White Sox’s complete lineup Monday against Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija:

Alejandro De Aza, CF

Alexei Ramirez, SS

Alex Rios, RF

Adam Dunn, DH

Paul Konerko, 1B

Dayan Viciedo, LF

Conor Gillaspie, 3B

Jeff Keppinger, SS

Flowers, C

Jose Quintana is the White Sox’s starting pitcher.