Tyler Flowers leaves opening-day game with injury

Feb 17, 2018 Lake Buena Vista: Braves catcher Tyler Flowers works on his swing in the batting tunnels on Saturday, Feb 17, 2018, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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Braves catcher Tyler Flowers exited Thursday’s game in the second inning with left oblique discomfort.

Flowers missed most of spring training with a groin injury, registering only 19 at-bats. He underwent surgery in October to to repair a damaged forearm and wrist.

“I think it was the swing prior to the swing that I went out there,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after the game. “It doesn’t look real good. Those things (oblique injuries) are nasty, as we know.”

The 32-year-old insisted he would be full-go for opening day, but the lingering groin issue persuaded the Braves to keep three catchers on their initial 25-man roster in Flowers, Kurt Suzuki and Chris Stewart.

Suzuki subbed in at catcher.

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