In a bit of surprising and disappointing news, Tyler Flowers has announced his retirement. Mark Bowman revealed he played last season with two degenerative discs, and while he was preparing to make his return to Atlanta this year, he began to develop another one, leading to his retirement.
Tyler Flowers has decided to retire. He played the past few seasons with two degenerative discs in his back and developed another while preparing to resume his career with the Braves in a few weeks. He’ll always be remembered for revolutionizing the art of pitch framing.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 14, 2021
With Travis d’Arnaud tearing a ligament in his hand, the Braves really needed Flowers. William Contreras has been serviceable, but who knows if his success is sustainable over the course of an entire season.
Jeff Mathis played yesterday and struck out three times, I don’t imagine he’s a long-term option, even as a backup. Alex Jackson could come off the IL soon, but he’s been almost unwatchable in his major-league plate appearances. Expect them to add another body at the position in the coming days.