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Tyler Flowers didn’t tell White Sox about “extreme” pain

Sep 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Tyler Flowers AP

As is so often the case when a player performs terribly, it turns out White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers was playing through a significant shoulder injury.

Flowers is set to undergo season-ending exploratory surgery, but manager Robin Ventura told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that the catcher hid the severity of the injury for a long time. In fact, according to Hayes he initially suffered the injury last season and “experienced ‘extreme’ pain as far back as last offseason when he began to prepare for spring training.”

Chicago was counting on Flowers replacing A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate and so he tried to play through the pain, hitting .195 with 94 strikeouts in 84 games before finally shutting things down. Being a tough guy is great in theory, but in so many cases it hurts the player and the team.

  1. NatsLady - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Wait–this happens to other teams? A player concealing pain and injury, I’m shocked, shocked.

  2. rbj1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Isn’t there language in player contracts that they have a duty to inform the club if they are injured? Not that I think clubs are going to tick off players (& the union) by sanctioning them or trying to void contracts, but still, if you’re injured and clearly not helping the team win, say something.

    • jwbiii - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Only at the time the contract is signed. During the period that the contract is in effect, I don’t see anything. I also think this is odd. The UPC starts on page 277, the relevant section is paragraph 4 (b) on page 280.

      http://www.bizofbaseball.com/docs/2012-16CBA.pdf

  3. artthoumad - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    So much grit. someone call the diamondback

  4. stlouis1baseball - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Yeah…especially when you do so immediately before starting game #1 of the playoffs.

    Warm Regards,
    Jaime Garcia

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