Flowers remains ahead to be White Sox starting catcher

Flowers remains ahead to be White Sox starting catcher
March 16, 2014, 7:30 pm
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Tyler Flowers is still leading the competition to be the White Sox starting catcher.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday that Flowers would likely reassume the starting role when the 2014 season gets underway on March 31 -- unless the White Sox are to find a different answer from outside the organization.

“As of right now, unless something drastically changes,” Ventura said. “He's done well. He's got the majority of the starters in there. He's done a good job. He’s picking up offensively to where he has a solid plan when he goes up there.”

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Ventura didn’t offer as much certainty on the backup job where Josh Phegly, Adrian Nieto and Hector Gimenez are competing. Nieto, a Rule 5 pick in December, went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk in Sunday’s 14-8 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Ventura said he doesn’t plan to announce who will head to Chicago as the backup until late in camp. The White Sox leave Arizona on March 27.

“We have a long way to go,” Ventura said. “They're just competing. It's wide open until we name somebody. They need to compete.”

Other notes

-- John Danks allowed three earned runs, seven hits and walked three over five innings. Two runs came after a two-out, sun-aided double in the first inning. Danks also struck out three and felt good.

“I don’t think I was quite as wild as it looked but I felt good,” Danks said. “I was able to throw offspeed for a strike consistently and that was good. I was getting the reactions I was looking for.”

-- Paul Konerko singled, doubled and drove in three in four at-bats. Jordan Danks also had two hits in four at-bats with an RBI and a run scored. Marcus Semien went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

-- David Purcey allowed four runs and didn’t record an out and Andre Rienzo gave up three runs in an inning. White Sox relievers allowed 11 runs (10 earned) and put 13 runners on base in three innings.