Just don't tell the Sox that the loss of A.J. Pierzynski in free agency this past offseason is a hole that they haven't been able to fill.
What the Sox care more about is Flowers remains a defensive stopper behind the plate, throwing out four of the last seven base stealers, ever since he received a shot in his right shoulder to alleviate some pain he was having. They also seem more focused on how he handles the pitching staff, which has been solid, considering Sox pitchers have a 3.26 ERA when Flowers is catching.
"The guys you're supposed to throw out, he's been throwing them out," Sox bench coach Mark Parent said.
That was a question mark before it was made known that he was dealing with a sore throwing arm since spring training. Flowers is now feeling as good as he's felt since the spring, and the hope is his entire game turns around.
"Getting treatment and stuff, anytime you get rid of any pain or an inconvenience it makes it easier," Flowers said. "The last couple weeks I've been pretty accurate. Lately a lot has come together. I'm getting a little more of a chance and taking advantage by being accurate."
What pitchers like is Flowers sets up lower than Pierzynski did, which they feel is a better target and gives umpires a better look at pitches. More importantly, Flowers gets along with pitching coach Don Cooper more so than Pierzynski did at times.
"Coop is excited about having him back there and when he does need help, he's not afraid to ask," Parent said. "Guys like throwing to him, and umpires like having him back there. That's real important.
"He sticks to the plan, he discusses it openly during a game about adjustments that need to be made and there's no hard feelings or petty b.s. going on. It's what can we do to get guys out. And that's what it's all about."
NEXT: Tuesday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 6-0, 2.72) at White Sox (Dylan Axelrod, 1-3, 4.27)
1B Adam Dunn was in the starting lineup Sunday, one day after coming out of the game because of back spasms. Dunn was stretching in the on-deck circle in the fifth inning of Saturday's game when his back tightened up. He was 0-for-3 Sunday, however, with three strikeouts and one walk.
INF Gordon Beckham (fractured bone in left hand) went 2-for-4 with three runs scored Saturday in his first rehab game for Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday. He had three more hits in his second rehab game for Charlotte on Sunday. Beckham has been on the disabled list since April 10.
RF Alex Rios doubled in the eighth inning Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games. He's hitting .386 (23-for-57) during the streak, raising his average from .255 when the streak began on May 5, to .301.
RHP Jake Peavy gave up four runs and four hits in six innings Sunday against the Angels for his second loss of the season. Peavy had won four consecutive decisions, dating back to his only other loss of the season on April 9 vs. Washington. Peavy is now 0-4 in six career starts against the Angels.
RHP Dylan Axelrod will make his ninth start of the season for the White Sox on Tuesday against the Red Sox. Axelrod got his only win of the season in his last start, May 15 against Minnesota, but has thrown a quality start in four of his past five outings.
"It was good to see the offense getting going a little bit. You take what you can get. You want to get one of these last two, but you just keep going."—Manager Robin Ventura, following Chicago's 6-2 loss to the Angels Sunday. The White Sox still had a winning road trip (4-3) despite losing the last two games of the series to the Angels.
2B Gordon Beckham (fractured left hamate bone) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10. He had surgery April 16. Beckham started his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on May 18, starting at the DH spot as they ease him back in. Beckham went 2-for-4 in his debut, and then 3-for-5 on May 19, playing at second base.
LHP John Danks (left shoulder surgery in August 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He made rehab starts for Double-A Birmingham on May 2 and May 7. He made a rehab start May 12 for Triple-A Charlotte, and made his fourth rehab assignment start May 18. He will return to Chicago the week of May 20 and the team will decide if he needs more rehab or will start against Miami later this week.
LHP Leyson Septimo (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He was sent on a rehab assignment to Charlotte on April 26. Septimo was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL on April 29. He made rehab appearances for Triple-A Charlotte on April 26 and April 29, but he didn't pitch again over the next three weeks. He started a minor league rehab assignment, pitching twice for the Knights the week of May 13, but won't be eligible to return until at least May 22.
RHP Gavin Floyd (Tommy John surgery in May 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list April 28, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 7 after season-ending surgery. He is out for the season. Recovery time is usually 14-19 months.
INF Angel Sanchez (back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on May 15. They could make a decision on Sanchez this week.
LHP Chris Sale
RHP Jake Peavy
LHP Jose Quintana
RHP Dylan Axelrod
LHP Hector Santiago
RHP Addison Reed (closer)
RHP Nate Jones
RHP Jesse Crain
LHP Matt Thornton
RHP Matt Lindstrom
LHP Donnie Veal
RHP Brian Omogrosso
1B Paul Konerko
2B Jeff Keppinger
SS Alexei Ramirez
3B Conor Gillaspie
DH Adam Dunn
INF Tyler Greene
LF Dayan Viciedo
CF Alejandro De Aza
RF Alex Rios
OF Dewayne Wise