GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Lindstrom will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and could appear in a spring training game as early as this weekend if all goes well.
The 34-year-old righty has dealt with a mild left oblique strain since last Wednesday, and has been held out of action as a precaution. For a well-established reliever, there's little reason to try to push through the injury in early March.
"I've never dealt with this before," Lindstrom said. "That's why I kind of alerted them early, just I wouldn't injure it more extensively. I've heard stories from guys that've gone through it and stuff. Just wanted to make sure I was good, and I'm anticipating I will be."
Lindstrom's been working with trainer Herm Schneider, who's assured him the strain isn't close to serious. In Tuesday's bullpen session, Lindstrom hopes "get nasty" and make sure he can get downhill in his delivery without feeling any tweaks or pains.
The White Sox may take the full four weeks between now and opening day to name a closer, with Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Daniel Webb competing for the ninth inning. But Jones came to camp with a strained gluteal muscle and Webb left the team last week to deal with a family issue.
So despite the missed time by all three players, nobody's fallen behind in the race.
"I'm planning on having a big year, and this is what I need to do to get ready," Lindstrom said. "I've worked hard all offseason, so something like this is just a roadblock that I don't think will be anything significant."