Time for Flowers to bloom

CHICAGO -- The general consensus concerning the White Sox catching situation is that A.J. Pierzynski will be missed, but the team has complete confidence in Tyler Flowers.

"Obviously, losing A.J. is a big hit, not only offensively but behind the plate," said pitcher Chris Sale, who frequently praised Pierzynski for his game-calling ability during the 2012 season. "But I think you can walk around to every pitcher today, and we're all excited to have Tyler back there for us. We know what he's capable of, and he's going to do it for us."

Flowers is excited to get the consistent, everyday at-bats. He's also pleased with the notion that White Sox pitchers like throwing to him.

"That's the ultimate compliment right there," Flowers said. "That's better than hitting .300 or hitting 50 homers. That's something I've taken to heart. [It was] a long road coming to get there, and there's a lot more I can do to get better. That motivates me even more to continue to progress."