Braves catcher Tyler Flowers was removed from Sunday’s game against the Padres due to a strained right hamstring, the team announced via Twitter. Flowers had been splitting catching duties with Kurt Suzuki this season before suffering the injury.
“He should return in one to four weeks depending on severity,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr.Selene Parekh said, “At this point it is more week-to-week.”
The Braves are calling the injury day-to-day but it seems like Flowers has a chance to miss more than a few games. He batted .270 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 325 at-bats last season. The veteran had gotten off to a hot start in his first few games of 2018, batting .407 with four RBI in 27 at-bats. He even hit a game-winning single up the middle off of Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos last Wednesday.
He was making a case to make the leap toward fantasy relevancy after his strong start, but this injury can safely affirm he should not be on fantasy rosters. Flowers has two hits in two of the three games of the series against San Diego and was providing a spark to the back end of Atlanta’s lineup. Interestingly, Flowers has four more hits than former first overall pick Dansby Swanson, who has seven in 21 more at-bats than the catcher.
Suzuki is now expected to become the team’s starting catcher with Anthony Recker getting trickle of starts as well. He batted .258 with eight home runs and 49 RBI last season with the Twins, where he had spent the previous three seasons as the team’s primary starting catcher. However, he only has one hit in his 12 at-bats this season. But that should not last for long with everyday reps at the plate. Nonetheless, Suzuki is not on the radar in 12-team leagues.
While the injury is only expected to keep him sidelined briefly, the injury comes amid a four-game winning streak. They will miss Flowers bat but will luckily see Matt Kemp return to the lineup this week. The former All-Star’s return should soften the blow. He was batting .500 with two home runs in his first 16 at-bats before being placed on the 10-day disabled list.
Flowers could still very well be a low-key fantasy option behind the plate once he returns if he continues to produce the way he has thus far in 2017.