Flowers leaves game early with leg cramps

Flowers leaves game early with leg cramps
March 21, 2014, 5:00 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tyler Flowers left Friday’s game early with leg cramps.

The White Sox catcher was in the middle of an at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning when he headed to the dugout and was replaced by a pinch-hitter. Flowers walked off the field at the conclusion of the sixth inning and headed to the clubhouse.

Flowers has been named the White Sox starting catcher unless something drastic happened, manager Robin Ventura said last week. Ventura said he believes Flowers had a cramp on the back of his knee.

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“It didn’t seem like he pulled anything,” Ventura said. “You just don’t want to take chances, so we took him out. You could tell he did something on the earlier swing and he thought he could go through it. Right now I think it’s a cramp. … Catching, being hot today, it probably cramped up. Didn’t want to take chances so we took him out.”

The White Sox have two other catchers in camp besides Flowers — Adrian Nieto and Hector Gimenez. Nieto replaced Flowers in the field to start the seventh inning.

The White Sox optioned Josh Phegley, who took over as the team’s starter last July, to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday.