KANSAS CITY -- Matt Lindstrom is prepared for whatever happens in the next 5 1/2 weeks for several reasons.
First and foremost, Lindstrom -- who was traded from Baltimore to Arizona last season -- is a relief pitcher and knows as long as he has air in his lungs and can throw the ball over the plate there’s a chance his name will be discussed before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
Second, Lindstrom’s role with the White Sox this season has him ready for anything at a moment’s notice.
He has pitched in most every situation in his 36 games, which ranks third in the American League. So while he prefers Chicago, Lindstrom knows he and several bullpen mates could wind up anywhere if the White Sox continue to slip in the standings.
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Lindstrom, who had a 14-apperance scoreless streak snapped on Thursday, has a 2.73 ERA this season and is only guaranteed $500,000 next season.
“It’s a very volatile position,” Lindstrom said. “You pitch good, you get traded. You pitch bad, you get traded. It’s just one of those things. It’s kind of like my role: anything can happen. I try not to put too much stock in it. I just want to help this team win. I love the guys in the clubhouse. I’ve got great teammates.”
Lindstrom has been a great teammate by all accounts.
Manager Robin Ventura likes the big right-hander because he has had no issue with what he has been asked to perform. He also likes Lindstrom’s ability to get a ground ball, as he leads all American League relievers with nine double plays induced.
“He just wants the ball,” Ventura said. “He doesn’t necessarily care whether we’re winning or losing. He wants in the game, he wants to throw. He doesn’t have to be used in a certain situation or his feelings get hurt. He just wants the ball.”
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Lindstrom said his only issue this season has been out-pitches and believes it has helped lead to a higher walk total. Lindstrom has walked 16 batters in 29 2/3 innings, up from 14 in 47 last season.
He said he has worked to improve the look of his pitches with two strikes. Lindstrom believes he hasn’t enticed enough hitters to swing at his two-strike pitches and eventually walks them. He still has work to do but thinks he’s on the right track.
He simply decided to use the same open-minded approach he has to his roll with the White Sox this season.
“I go in when we’re down, tied, or ahead,” Lindstrom said. “Its kind of one of those roles. I try to prepare myself the same way every day and get ready from the fourth inning on because I know anything can happen. I consider myself pretty versatile. I can throw multiple innings. I can throw the eighth. I can throw if somebody needs to get picked up in the ninth or extras. I’m just trying to do my job and stay healthy.”
Brian Omogrosso wanted to see his in-laws this weekend, but not that badly.
The reliever was set to pitch in Indianapolis this weekend for Triple-A Charlotte. Had he been there, Omogrosso’s wife’s family would have made the trip to the ballpark to watch him pitch. Those plans were interrupted, however, when the right-hander was promoted on Friday.
“Her and her whole family were going and I called her and told her and she’s like ‘That stinks that you’re not going … actually, I take that back. We’re good,’ ” Omogrosso said. “It works out.”
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Omogrosso also understands how the process that sent him back to Charlotte earlier this month works. He’s the guy with an option and when the White Sox need a fresh arm that makes him the likely candidate to be sent down. He has been through it enough to not take it personally. Omogrosso had three scoreless appearances before he was optioned out on June 6.
“I get it and I just went down there, keep working hard and trying to get back here,” Omogrosso said. “You don’t let it get to you that much because I’ve been a guy that has been up and down so you persevere through it and keep pushing and just try to get back.”
-- Dewayne Wise’s rehab assignment ended and he’s again been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Wise went on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained right hamstring and injured the oblique while on assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.
-- First-round pick Tim Anderson made his professional debut at Single-A Kannapolis on Thursday night. Anderson, the 17th overall pick of the amateur draft, went 0-for-4 in his debut.
-- The White Sox promoted left-handed pitcher Santos Rodriguez from Double-A Birmingham to Charlotte when Wise went back on the DL.
-- The White Sox agreed to a minor-league contract with left-handed pitcher Jeff McKenzie, their 28th-round pick out of Cal State Bakersfield. The team has signed 32 of its 40 selections.
-- Charlotte manager Joel Skinner and hitting coach Brandon Moore have been named coaches for the International League All-Star Game. The game will be played in Reno, Nev. on July 17.