GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Just before taking the mound for a scheduled bullpen session Tuesday, Matt Lindstrom felt discomfort in his strained left oblique and had to shut things down.
Lindstrom played long toss from about 150 feet and felt fine, but when he brought it in to about 50 feet he felt pain he described as "like somebody is shoving a knife in your side." He was only a few throws away from beginning a bullpen session that would've been the first step toward pitching in a Cactus League game, but now he's back to square one.
"I didn’t feel like I wanted to throw a bullpen at that moment so I'm continuing to try and get it better, rehab it a little more since we have so many games left in spring training," Lindstrom said. "Leave myself some breathing room and get back out there so, just going to take it day-today."
With just under four weeks until opening day, Lindstrom is preaching caution and patience as he works back from his oblique injury. He's never had an issue with his oblique before, but has heard from players how frustratingly nagging the injury can get if it's not fully healed.
But even though Lindstrom knows it's the right strategy, remaining patient isn't easy. And Lindstrom said that'd be the case even if he wasn't competing to win the White Sox closer job.
"It’s hard to be patient in general," Lindstrom said. "You want to be out there on the field with your teammates. ... 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."