GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Tyler Flowers believes his sore lower back is better and he proved it on Tuesday afternoon in Goodyear, Ariz. Flowers doubled into the left-field corner in four at-bats and caught six innings of a 10-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Flowers hadn’t played since Thursday but previously went through a light workout and said the only aspect of his game hindered was when he ran. Flowers didn’t appear to be in pain when he legged out his double in the fourth inning.
“It has progressed nicely,” Flowers said. “It feels pretty good. I’ve got a new routine to make sure it doesn’t come up again that’s helped me get to this point and I plan on doing it for the whole year because I don’t want something like this to ruin this opportunity.”
Viciedo leaves game
Outfielder Dayan Viciedo left Tuesday’s game with a cramp in his right quad, per a team official. Viciedo tripled in a run in the third inning and was replaced by Jordan Danks.
-- Adam Dunn had single, a three-run homer and forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk in four plate appearances. Dunn’s homer off Reds pitcher Homer Bailey traveled an estimated 450 feet.
-- Jeff Keppinger started at third base and turned a pair of double plays. He also singled twice and walked twice in four trips to the plate. Keppinger is hitting .462 this spring.
-- Second baseman Gordon Beckham blasted a solo home run, his second of the spring.
-- Relievers Matt Thornton, Matt Lindstrom, Addison Reed, Donnie Veal and Ramon Troncoso combined to allow two hits and walk two in 4 2/3 innings. They struck out three.