Fantasy baseball
AtlAtlanta Braves
Tyler Flowers
Jun 23: Flowers is out of the lineup against Baltimore on Saturday. Flowers will take a seat on the bench after going 0-for-6 with three strikeouts during Friday's 15-inning game. In his place, Kurt Suzuki will catch Julio Teheran and bat fifth.

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Jun 20: Flowers is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Flowers looked like he might have a chance at emerging as the Braves' clear-cut top backstop when Kurt Suzuki exited Sunday's game against the Padres after taking a bat to the head, but Suzuki passed all concussion tests and served as the designated hitter Tuesday in Toronto. With Suzuki stepping back in to catch Wednesday, it appears a timeshare at the position will remain in place for the foreseeable future, with he and Flowers likely alternating turns behind the dish.

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Jun 17: Flowers went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Padres. Flowers had a solid day at the dish after coming in to replace an injured Kurt Suzuki (head). He gave Atlanta two key insurance runs in the eighth inning after blasting his fourth homer of the season. The 32-year-old backstop is hitting .270 with seven extra-base hits and 14 RBI through 28 games, although he figures to see limited opportunities moving forward as the backup catcher: Suzuki was removed as a precaution after getting hit in the head with a bat and appears to have avoided a significant injury.

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Jun 17: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres. Flowers picked up three straight starts at catcher from June 9 through 12, but he has since alternated duties behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki over the past six contests. The relatively even timeshare limits the fantasy ceilings for both players, though Flowers still at least makes for a dependable second backstop in most two-catcher formats. He has delivered a .785 OPS across 105 plate appearances on the season.

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Jun 15: Flowers is not in the lineup Friday against the Padres. Since May 28, Flowers and fellow catcher Kurt Suzuki have alternated nearly every single game, outside of a three-start stretch for Flowers from June 9 to 12. Both catchers have hit quite well, with Flowers posting a .268/.406/.415 line and Suzuki a similarly effective .274/.335/.471, so expect the arrangement to continue.

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Jun 13: Flowers is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets. The Braves have split the workload in relatively even fashion between their two catchers this season, but Flowers seems to have emerged as Option 1A of late. He started each of the Braves' past three games at catcher, but he'll cede duties to Kurt Suzuki in the day game after the night game.

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Jun 8: Flowers is out of Friday's lineup against the Dodgers. He and Kurt Suzuki have traded off starts over the past 11 games, as Flowers has cooled off a little, going 3-for-16 (.188 AVG) over that stretch. Suzuki will start behind the dish, hitting fifth.

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Jun 5: Flowers is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres. The Braves continue to split time evenly behind the dish, so Flowers will give way to Kurt Suzuki on Tuesday after starting Monday's contest and going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

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Jun 3: Flowers is not in the lineup Sunday against the Nationals. The Braves have deployed a true 50-50 playing time split between Flowers and fellow catcher Kurt Suzuki over the last seven games. Flowers will head to the bench Sunday after drawing the start in Saturday's contest, going 1-for-5 with a run scored.

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Jun 1: Flowers is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals. Flowers is hitting .276/.417/.466 in 58 at-bats this season but will get his second breather in the last four games Friday. Kurt Suzuki will catch and bat fifth against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals.

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May 30: Flowers is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Mets. He split time behind the dish somewhat evenly with Kurt Suzuki initially, but Flowers had started five of the last six games prior to this day off. Flowers is hitting .286/.412/.482 with three home runs and a 16:12 K:BB in 56 at-bats this season.

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May 28: Flowers went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the win over the Mets during the first game of Monday's doubleheader. Flowers went deep in the seventh inning to cut New York's lead to just one run. He's hit a home run in each of the last two games, and he's slashing .288/.413/.481 through 16 games this season.

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May 28: Flowers is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets. Flowers will head to the bench for a breather after going 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in Game 1 of the twin bill. The backstop has now homered in two straight games and owns a .288 average through 16 games this season. Kurt Suzuki will set up behind the dish and hit fifth in his stead.

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May 27: Flowers went 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, one walk and one run scored Sunday in the 7-1 win over the Red Sox. Flowers got the Braves on the board in the second inning with a three-run blast. In just 15 games this season, the 32-year-old is batting .286 with two homers and eight RBI. Flowers figures to continue sharing the catching duties with Kurt Suzuki moving forward.

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May 23: Flowers went 2-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's win over the Phillies. The veteran catcher hasn't shown much power since missing the first month of the season with an oblique injury, posting a .395 SLG through his first 12 games. However, Flowers has helped make up for it with increased patience -- his 19.1 percent walk rate is more than double last year's rate. The sample size is small, but if the 32-year-old can combine his 2017 power stroke with his 2018 discipline, he could be headed for a very impressive campaign.

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May 15: Flowers went 2-for-2 with three walks, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's win over the Cubs. The 32-year-old catcher has impressively reached base nine times in his last two starts, boosting his slash line to .320/.433/.440, but Monday's homer was his first of the year. Injuries have limited Flowers to just nine games so far in 2018, but he appears to be 100 percent now and back in a potent timeshare behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki.

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May 1: Flowers is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets. Flowers will hit the bench for the third time in four games since returning from the disabled list as the Braves look to ease him back into action. Kurt Suzuki, who is hitting .290/.370/.522 with four homers through 22 games this season, will start behind the dish and hit fifth in his stead. The two figure to settle into a timeshare for the rest of the season.

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Apr 27: Flowers (oblique) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday. The backstop has been out since Opening Day and managed to return to action after just three rehab games. Flowers' playing time moving forward may be a bit limited at first given his injuries and Kurt Suzuki's strong play thus far, but a relative timeshare seems to be the expectation for the rest of the season. Carlos Perez was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

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Apr 22: Flowers (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports. It was initially expected that Flowers would report to Low-A Rome to kick off his rehab assignment, but since Gwinnett is playing a doubleheader Monday, it will afford the catcher an opportunity to pick up some extra at-bats. Flowers will likely start one of the two games behind the plate and could serve as a designated hitter or pinch hitter in the other half of the twin bill. It's expected that the 32-year-old, who has been sidelined since Opening Day with a left oblique strain, will require five or six rehab games before he's ready to return from the 10-day disabled list.

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Apr 21: Flowers (oblique) will begin his rehab assignment at Low-A Rome on Sunday or Monday and will need five or six rehab games before rejoining the big-league roster, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Braves manager Brian Snitker wouldn't pin down a specific target date for Flowers' return to the majors, but that timetable would likely see him join the team in Philadelphia next weekend. The veteran catcher was injured Opening Day before he even got his first at-bat of the season and also dealt with groin issues late in spring training, so expect Atlanta to exercise some caution and make sure he's 100 percent before activating him from the disabled list.

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Apr 19: Flowers (oblique) will likely begin a minor-league rehab assignment with a yet-to-be determined affiliate over the weekend, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Flowers has been on the shelf for the majority of the season thanks to an oblique injury he suffered Opening Day, but the backstop is rounding into the final stretch of his recovery. He's been going through normal activity (hitting, catching, etc.) with no issues recently, and assuming everything goes as planned as he continues to ramp things up in the coming days, he should be cleared to embark on a minor-league rehab stint this weekend. That said, it's unclear how many rehab games Flowers will need to appear in before the team feels comfortable activating him, leaving his return timetable up in the air.

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Apr 16: Flowers (oblique) completed catching drills Monday and could hit on the field later in the week, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Flowers has been out since Opening Day, but it seems like he's turning a corner in his rehab program. If all goes well with the ramped up activity, there's a chance he could return to the lineup at the beginning of the Braves road trip next Monday. His situation should become clearer once he progresses further. Kurt Suzuki figures to maintain primary catching duties in his stead.

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Mar 31: Flowers (oblique) said that he will likely be on the disabled list for at least a month, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Flowers suffered a strained left oblique during his first plate appearance of the year against Philadelphia on Thursday. The catcher went into detail as to how former teammates have tried to rush back from this sort of injury, but that just caused the issue to spiral out of control and last even longer than expected. "I think we'll be as aggressive as we can be, but I don't want this to turn into multiple months when it can be something significantly shorter if we take our time." In addition, Kurt Suzuki was forced to leave Friday's game after getting plunked by a pitch on the hand and could wind up missing extended time as well depending on the severity of his injury. In that event, Chris Stewart will serve as the Braves' primary catcher with Rob Brantly likely coming up from Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Mar 30: Flowers was placed on the disabled list Friday with a strained left oblique. Flowers hurt his oblique while swinging Thursday against the Phillies. His recovery timeline is not yet clear, though he won't be eligible to return until at least April 9. Kurt Suzuki will be the Braves' primary catcher while he remains sidelined, with Chris Stewart serving as his backup. In a corresponding move, the Braves selected the contract of Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Mar 30: Manager Brian Snitker said that Flowers' oblique injury "doesn't look real good," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Gabriel Burns reports. It sounds like Flowers will likely be placed on the disabled list Friday after exiting the first game of the season in the second inning. He missed most of spring training with a groin injury but insisted he would be ready for Opening Day, but it seems he may have rushed things. Kurt Suzuki, who replaced Flowers in Thursday's game, figures to get the bulk of the playing time while Flowers is out, with Chris Stewart serving as the backup.

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Mar 29: Flowers exited Thursday's game against the Phillies with left oblique discomfort. Flowers suffered the injury while swinging and had to be replaced by Kurt Suzuki in the middle of his at-bat. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but oblique injuries tend to linger, so this could end up costing the backstop some time. Consider him day-to-day for now, but an updated timetable for his recovery should emerge once he's further evaluated.

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Mar 29: Flowers exited Thursday's game against the Phillies with an apparent injury, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Flowers was replaced by Kurt Suzuki in the middle of his at-bat after fouling a pitch off in the second inning. Specifics regarding the injury remain unclear at this point, but more should be known following the conclusion of Thursday's contest. Consider him day-to-day for now.

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Mar 29: Flowers (groin) is starting behind the dish and hitting fifth Thursday against the Phillies. He was sidelined earlier this week with a sore groin, but it was clearly a minor ailment, as he won't miss any time to start the year. Flowers should see the bulk of the starts behind the dish for the Braves this season, and will occupy an enviable spot in the middle of the Braves lineup, behind Freddie Freeman and the soon-to-be-promoted Ronald Acuna.

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Mar 25: Flowers has been battling groin soreness recently, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Flowers hasn't appeared in a spring training game since March 19, but he's been working in the batting cage and taking at-bats on the back fields over the past few days. The Braves are simply being cautious with their starting backstop and they fully expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

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Mar 20: Flowers went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. The veteran catcher has had a rough spring so far after undergoing minor wrist surgery last October, going 2-for-19 in nine games with both hits being singles. Flowers is coming off a career year, posting an .823 OPS in 99 games last season thanks mainly to a spike in his contact rate, and while his small-sample struggles in March won't mean anything once Opening Day arrives, Flowers' lack of a successful track record does make him a riskier fantasy play -- especially with another veteran catcher, Kurt Suzuki, on the roster and available to pick up the slack if Flowers regresses.

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Feb 28: Flowers (wrist) will set up behind the plate and bat fourth against the Mets during Wednesday's Grapefruit League contest, Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Flowers underwent wrist surgery this past offseason but appears to be fully healthy as the 2018 regular season approaches. He is expected to share the catching duties with Kurt Suzuki in a similar fashion to last season.

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Feb 19: Manager Brian Snitker said he expects Flowers (wrist) and backup catcher Kurt Suzuki to share duties similarly this season, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Flowers and Suzuki split time pretty evenly in 2017, and together the two proved to be one of the most productive catching tandems in the majors. As a result, Snitker said he plans to utilize the duo in a similar manner as last season, when Flowers appeared in 99 games and Suzuki in 81. That could change, however, based on how the two backstops feel and perform as the season wears on. Flowers, who underwent wrist surgery earlier in the offseason, is expected to be fully healthy once Grapefruit League action kicks in. The 32-year-old hit .281/.378/.445 with 12 homers in 370 plate appearances last season.

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