Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers is spelling A.J. Pierzynski against the Cubs on Tuesday and making just his 19th appearance of the season. Adjusting to a backup role has been difficult for Flowers, who is doing whatever he can to keep his game sharp.
"It's a challenge not seeing live pitching more than once or twice a week," Flowers said. "I gotta find a way to duplicate it as close as I can to keep everything sharp."
That's led to plenty of early batting practice sessions, along with live batting practice with breaking balls and changeups. Lately, Flowers says he's been hitting off a pitching machine to simulate game-speed fastballs.