Flowers, 34, has spent the past four seasons with the Braves, sharing catching duties with Kurt Suzuki, Brian McCann and now d’Arnaud. The Braves signed d’Arnaud, 31, to a two-year deal last winter after he hit .263 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 92 games with the Rays.
Their returns weren’t the only good news before the home opener. In addition to the backstops, outfielder Nick Markakis announced he would rejoin the team after deciding against playing three weeks ago. From a leadership and lineup perspective, the Braves improved Wednesday.