GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After being penciled in Saturday night to catch on Sunday, Tyler Flowers was not in the lineup for Sunday's White Sox game against the Royals in Surprise.
Flowers, who hasn't caught in a game since Thursday because of a stiff lower back, was surprised to hear that he was posted on the lineup card, but he said Sunday morning he expects to catch Tuesday. The Sox have an off day Monday.
Flowers was headed to the backfields to do his normal work, including hitting.
"It feels good,'' he said. "It's progressing nicely. Going to do some stuff, keep everything in shape and I'll be good to go.''
Jeff Keppinger returned after a three-day absence because of a personal matter. He was in the lineup as the designated hitter and batting third. Keppinger, who suffered a broken ankle in a fall at home during the offseason, has dealt with soreness in his right shoulder as a result of not going through his normal offseason throwing routine.
"I don't have an issue with my shoulder where it's going to be a problem all season long,'' Keppinger said Sunday. "There's a little irritation and inflammation in there from just picking up the use really fast where in the offseason I didn't much time to build it up. I'm pretty sure it's taken care of and we'll move forward from here.''