GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Lindstrom still hasn’t cleared himself for action.
The right-hander said Tuesday he needs another bullpen session on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a left oblique strain. The White Sox reliever is still experiencing some soreness and isn’t quite ready to pitch in a game with the extra adrenaline.
Though he hasn’t appeared yet in an exhibition game, Lindstrom remains confident he can be ready for the March 31 opener. But he also admits the oblique strain is trickier than he expected.
“I thought it was gone,” Lindstrom said. “The way I like to throw, the way I like to train and stuff, I really didn’t think about it, and then some soreness starts creeping in with the intensity we have in the workouts. In that sense it has been tricky because it has been kind of a lingering effect and it takes some time. I’m pretty about optimistic about it still. I know we only have about 10 more days here and the season starts. But I feel good about the way I feel right now and I just felt like throwing in a game wasn’t the best thing to do, especially if I felt it and the trainers had to come out and get me. I just don’t want that to happen. I just want to go out there and make sure I’m good and no lingering effects.”
Lindstrom believes it will be easier for him to work in a controlled environment in the bullpen. He hopes to appear in a game by Friday.
“I wouldn’t call it a setback,” Lindstrom said. “I just felt a little bit of soreness still and wanted to get it out of there before the season starts. I don’t want this to be a lingering problem, so if I can get out there and not have to hold anything back, especially with the adrenaline flowing.”