Sox catcher Tyler Flowers undergoes shoulder surgery
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter September 5, 2013 10:19PM
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Updated: October 7, 2013 1:34PM
BALTIMORE — Catcher Tyler Flowers will have two to three months of recovery time after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder Thursday.
The exploratory procedure revealed no structural damage and went as expected, the White Sox said. The rotator cuff and labrum were debrided, and the doctors also performed general cleanup procedures.
The two-to-three-month recovery time was the best-case scenario for Flowers, who batted .195 with 10 home runs in 84 games.
A start for Anderson
Catcher Bryan Anderson, who has 26 games of major-league experience, started Thursday.
“We’re going to get Anderson in there and see what he can do,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s a good opportunity for him.’’
A left-handed hitter, Anderson hit .224 with six homers in 64 games for Class AAA Charlotte.
More for Johnson
As expected, Erik Johnson will continue to get starts, Ventura said.
Johnson gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. Ventura was pleased that he regrouped and pitched two scoreless innings after a four-run fourth.
“It shows he can bow his neck and get through it,’’ Ventura said.
This and that
Avisail Garcia was hitting .344 in 25 games for the Sox. His .375 average in 21 games since Aug. 13 was tied with Mike Trout for the second-highest average in that period behind Robinson Cano’s .415.
◆ According to Elias, Johnson and infielder Marcus Semien, his former college teammate at Cal, were the first Sox to debut in the same lineup since Frank Thomas and Alex Fernandez on Aug. 2, 1990.
Right-hander Daniel Webb also made his debut, which marked the first time since 1999 that three Sox played their first major-league game together (Josh Paul, Aaron Myette, Jason Dellaero).
◆ The Sox are on pace to hit 147 homers, their fewest since 1995.
◆ The Sox, still looking to win for the first time on the road trip after getting swept in three-game series in Boston and New York, lost 3-1 to the Orioles. Jose Quintana took the loss.