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White Sox’ Lindstrom re-aggravates oblique strain
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Right-hander Matt Lindstrom, a workhorse in the White Sox bullpen last season whose experience closing games is warranting him consideration for the team’s ninth-inning role, won’t be pitching in a game any time soon.
Sidelined by a mild left oblique strain since last week, Lindstrom suffered a setback Tuesday at the end of his long-toss workout. He was planning to go from there to throw off a mound but felt a sharp twinge making one of his last throws. With that, he cancelled the bullpen session.
“I don’t know if anyone has had an oblique issue but it’s not that much fun, feels like somebody is shoving a knife in your side,’’ Lindstrom said at his locker Wednesday morning.
As bad as that sounds, Lindstrom is calling the injury “minor’’ but he admitted the flareup made him “kind of angry.”
“I’m continuing to try and get it better, rehab it a little more since we have so many games left in spring training,’’ he said. “Leave myself some breathing room and get back out there so, just going to take it day to day.’’
Lindstrom reaggravated the oblique after feeling no pain for three days playing long toss and catch.
Lindstrom worked out hard during the offseason, eagerly anticipating his second season with the Sox after leading them with 76 appearances and pitching to a 3.12 ERA.
“It’s hard to be patient in general,’’ he said. “You want to be out there on the field with your teammates. This is what we do — prepare to win. That’s what’s so hard. I have to remind myself it’s just spring training. I just want to make sure I’m prepared for the season to start, role or not, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to get out there and get my arm in shape.’’
Nate Jones, who may be the leading candidate to close, threw a successful bullpen and is scheduled to pitch in his first game on Saturday. Jones got off to a slow start after dealing with a mild gluteus muscle strain.
“Yeah, I’m pretty excited,’’ Jones said. “We get to face some live hitters like our guys, but once you see that different uniform in there you step it up a little bit, see what happens.’’
The other Sox closer candidates are not in camp. Rookie Daniel Webb has been absent since last week because of a death in his family and Ronald Belisario is in Venezuela because of visa problems.
Lindstrom had 15 saves for the Florida Marlins in 2009 and 23 with the Houston Astros in 2010.