GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Lindstrom doesn’t sound too concerned about what the White Sox have described as a very mild left oblique strain.
The reliever said he doesn’t feel the strain, located under the rib cage, when asked by the training staff to cough and sneeze. Lindstrom said he first felt a tweak on Wednesday, and the White Sox held him out of Friday’s game as a precaution. But Lindstrom is convinced the White Sox caught the injury early and it won’t be an issue.
“Probably zero (concern),” Lindstrom said. “I was just out over my front leg, and I felt a little tweak. It’s no big deal. I have no problems bending over or twisting side to side, so I’m not that concerned.”
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All three of the White Sox potential closers are out of action with Lindstrom sidelined. Nate Jones, who has thrown several bullpens and a live batting practice, is close to returning after he suffered a gluteal strain before camp began. The team also excused reliever Daniel Webb on Thursday to go home after a death in the family.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the team just wants to be cautious with Lindstrom.
“We’re just holding him back just in case,” Ventura said. “I don’t think it’s going to be anything serious, just tightness, and we’re holding him out.”
As is the case with any injury to a reliever in late February or early March, Lindstrom and the White Sox are grateful for the timing because he wouldn’t need as much time to get ready for the regular season.
“We decided to back off a little bit,” Lindstrom said. “They’re going to re-evaluate me today. I plan on being out there again (Sunday), maybe even today. I don’t feel it. ... Feeling pretty good, pretty optimistic.”