Matt Lindstrom misses the camaraderie with his teammates the most.
The White Sox reliever said Tuesday’s he’s getting a little bit of that back this week after he rejoined the club. Lindstrom, who had his cast and stitches removed from his left ankle on Monday, has begun his rehab with the White Sox.
Lindstrom expects to pitch with the White Sox again this season and the club has said it thinks he would be active roughly three months after surgery. Lindstrom had surgery in late May.
“That’s the worst part, absolutely, 100 percent,” Lindstrom said about missing teammates. “You don’t take anything in this game for granted, but when you do get injured like this and when things arise, that was the longest two weeks I’ve ever really had in my career. Just being away from the guys, away from the team, the plane rides, playing catch, stretching, just all those things you miss and it makes you appreciate when you’re healthy and feeling good. I’m already looking forward to that part again.”
Lindstrom got a good report from team doctors when his cast came off. That doesn’t however speed up his timeline. The right-hander has been able to throw off one knee more than a half-dozen times in an attempt to maintain arm strength.
“(The ankle) was a little bit sore, but the doctors were surprised there wasn’t much swelling and not that much atrophy in the leg,” Lindstrom said. “So it was pretty good news. Even today, walking around I’m a lot better, obviously with a boot on for a little while. But it’s good to be in the clubhouse and see the guys. It’s been a long two weeks just being away from the game. I know I have a little bit of a road ahead of me, but that’s fine. I’m feeling pretty good right now.”