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updated: 7/10/2011 8:57 PM

Flowers in for Castro as Sox' backup catcher

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With backup catcher Ramon Castro out for at least a month and likely much longer with a fractured right hand and index finger, the White Sox recalled Tyler Flowers from Class AAA Charlotte.

Once considered the can't-miss catcher of the future, Flowers batted just .220 at Charlotte last season, forcing the Sox to sign veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski for two more years.

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Flowers was batting .225 for Charlotte in late June, but a 22-for-62 surge that included 8 home runs and 15 RBI boosted his average to .261 before he headed back to Chicago on Saturday night.

"Getting better," said Flowers, who batted a combined .148 during brief stints with the White Sox in 2009-10. "It's definitely progressed over the course of the year.

"It's not where I want to be, but we finished the last week doing well. Just adding new pieces to it, trying to get the foundation better. We established that the first couple months and kept adding to it. I'm feeling pretty good right now."

Rotation set:

When the Sox open the second half of the season with three games at Detroit, Gavin Floyd, Edwin Jackson and Jake Peavy are the scheduled starters.

The Tigers are vulnerable against right-handed starters, so the White Sox are stacking the deck.

The Sox play three games at Kansas City after that, with Mark Buehrle, Phil Humber and John Danks the likely starters.

"That's part of it, and we're kind of stacking lefties a little bit against Kansas City if you want to look at it that way," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "But we feel good about anybody going out there."

Danks (oblique) is on he disabled list, and the left-hander made the first of 2 rehab starts with Class AAA Charlotte on Sunday.

When Danks returns after the all-star break, the White Sox will again use a six-man rotation.

"The six-man rotation has worked fairly well," Cooper said. "Somebody told me the other day that we were like 11 (games) above (.500) with it.

"Listen, if it's going good we're probably going to leave it. If it's not, if somebody's not taking care of their business individually, then we'll look into it."

Danks update:

Making his first rehab start Sunday since landing on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, John Danks pitched 3 innings for Class AAA Charlotte and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. Both runs scored on solo homers.

"I feel good," Danks said. "I didn't feel it (oblique) one time. I let it loose a few times. I feel I'm over that mental hurdle. My stuff wasn't all the way there, but that is to be expected."

Staying patient:

Dayan Viciedo is putting up Triple Crown numbers at Class AAA Charlotte.

The 22-year-old right fielder leads the International League with 62 RBI, he's tied for second with 16 home runs, and he ranks third with a .325 batting average.

If the White Sox can ever figure out a way to clear a roster spot, Viciedo is going to be on his way.

Until then, Viciedo is making the most of a difficult situation.

"I talked to him the other day, and I really respect a guy for not being too frustrated about it," said catcher Tyler Flowers, who joined the Sox from Charlotte on Sunday. "Obviously, he wants to be here.

"But he's still working hard at getting better. He's been impressive to watch the past few years, honestly. One of my favorite guys to be around, even (with) the communication barrier a little bit. My Spanish has gotten a lot better. But he has been impressive and he's working hard and I commend him for that."

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