NEW YORK -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Wednesday he didn’t get the sense Tyler Flowers needed season-ending surgery until recently.
The White Sox catcher is set to have an exploratory surgery on his right shoulder on Thursday, a little more than a year after he initially tweaked it. Flowers -- who is out three to six months -- received three different opinions on his shoulder after the All-Star break.
But Flowers said he had experienced “extreme” pain as far back as last offseason when he began to prepare for spring training. Ventura didn’t know that Flowers, who was named the starter last offseason and was given the task of replacing A.J. Pierzynski, felt the level of the pain he did.
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“There are always things that guys go in and when you go in the training room and when you talk to Herm, you try to do something about it,” Ventura said. “It was never at a point where you were thinking he was going to have to have surgery the next day. Again, it’s the player as far as communication.”
Flowers said he played through the pain because of his opportunity. He also said he has “fraying” in his shoulder and doctors have yet to determine whether or not he has damage to his labrum. If the labrum does need to be operated on Flowers could miss up to six months.
“The starting job was definitely a driving force to exhaust every option I could,” Flowers said by phone. “I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and did everything to avoid missing out. … It’s something that has to be done. I could continue, but couldn’t perform at the level required by myself, my team or my teammates.”