He added that bench coach Eddie Perez “was freaking out” at the appearance of Flowers’ arm.
Flowers took his base on the hit-by-pitch and finished the half-inning, but immediately signaled from first base to catcher Kurt Suzuki to be ready to take over in the bottom of the inning, which Suzuki did.
“Both of us get hit so much, we just kind of expect the other person to stay in there the whole time,” Flowers said. “I was just letting him know this wasn’t going to be one of those times.”
The Braves’ catchers have an inexplicable number of hit-by-pitches – 12 for Flowers and eight for Suzuki, accounting for more than half of the team total (39).
Braves trainers wrapped Flowers’ arm in a compression sleeve after he came out of the game, and the swelling had been reduced by nearly half by the time he was interviewed a half-hour after the game. He didn’t have any problem tying his shoes and said strength tests ruled out any break or other serious injury.
“I think probably a day (out of the lineup),” Flowers said. “Just depending upon how much we can get that (swelling) out of there.”