• Zach Putnam began an injury rehab assignment with Charlotte on Tuesday, throwing one perfect inning during the Knights' 10-1 victory over Gwinnett. The right-handed reliever was placed on the disabled list July 24 with right shoulder inflammation but could return this weekend in Seattle.
• Tyler Flowers entered Tuesday's action with the sixth-most innings by a catcher this season at 780. He also entered Tuesday hitting .458 with 13 RBIs over his last 15 games.
"Catching is a hard position, just because you're always getting foul tips and the demand of the position," Ventura said. "That's why you're always seeing catchers getting days off -- it's hard to be able to catch every day and feel consistent with your offensive stuff.
"That's a tough position to be able to do that in. He's been able to battle through it, and he's pretty confident where he's at offensively."
Flowers ranks among the AL leaders since the All-Star break in slugging (1st, .818), OPS (1st, 1.328), average (2nd, .455), OBP (2nd, .510), RBIs (T7th, 13) and extra-base hits (T7th, 9).
• Right-handed pitcher J.B. Wendelken of Class A Winston-Salem has been named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for July 27 to Aug. 3 after throwing seven scoreless innings in his lone start on July 30 vs. Frederick. He allowed two hits with a franchise-record 13 strikeouts.
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