KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Lindstrom is headed for surgery Friday with an approximate recovery time of three months.
Two days after he took an awkward step in the ninth inning of a win, the White Sox announced Wednesday their closer needs surgery to repair a tear in the sheath of his left ankle, which protects the peroneal tendons.
Lindstrom is 2-1 with six saves and a 3.32 ERA in 17 games this season. His projected return to the team’s active roster is three months, general manager Rick Hahn confirmed on Wednesday night.
“He’s down for a while,” Ventura said. “We’ll miss him for a while. It’s not good news. I don’t know if it’s the rest of the season, but it’s more than 15 days. Right now we’re just hoping everything goes well for him and he can get back as soon as he can.”
Lindstrom took an awkward step retrieving a sacrifice bunt on Monday and exited the game. Ventura had the feeling right away the outcome wasn’t going to be a good one for Lindstrom, who has converted six of nine save tries this season.
For now the White Sox will turn to Ronald Belisario to close.
Belisario converted his first save opportunity on Tuesday night. He doesn’t think the transition from setup man to closer is that big of a leap.
“Setup guys are almost the same job,” Belisario said. “I just go in, do my job and make the outs. No (different). It’s the same.”
Lindstrom is the ninth White Sox player to have been placed on the disabled list this season. He was named the closer on Opening Day after winning a competition against Nate Jones in spring training. Jones is on the mend after he underwent back surgery earlier this month.