Tyler Flowers has been hit by 12 pitches in 200 plate appearances this season. Only two major leaguers had been hit more before Thursday, and they each had well over 300 plate appearances. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

SAN DIEGO – Tyler Flowers was out of the Braves lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Padres after sustaining a nasty-looking contusion to his left forearm when hit by a pitch in Wednesday’s game.

However, most of the swelling was gone and the catcher was available to play if needed, Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Flowers could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday’s series opener against the Athletics in Oakland.

The Braves catcher was struck in his lower left forearm by a pitch with bases loaded in the sixth inning…