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Matt Lindstrom | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Lindstrom was charged with a remarkably cheap blown save after inheriting Maikel Cleto's mess in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Cleto, who got the last out in the eighth, was going to get a chance to go for the save in the ninth, but he was pulled from a 3-2 game after walking the first two batters of the inning. Lindstrom came in and retired David Ortiz on a flyball before giving up a soft infield single and a game-tying sac fly. While he did no wrong, it was his third blown save of the young season. Lindstrom preserved the tie from there and pitched a scoreless 10th, so it was a good night for him and a setback for Cleto, who appeared set to get a chance to supplant Lindstrom in the closer's role. Apr 17 - 1:42 AM

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Matt Lindstrom remains the team's closer for the time being.

"He's in there right now," said Ventura. "It's always been that way, where you can make a change at any time. It's tough, the job is tough. As of right now, he'd probably be going out there today." Lindstrom blew his second save of the season Sunday and holds a 5.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP through his first five appearances. With Ronald Belisario also struggling and Nate Jones (back) on the DL, Daniel Webb or Maikel Cleto might get a shot in the ninth if Ventura eventually decides to make a move.
Apr 15 - 10:10 PM

Matt Lindstrom blew his second save of the season but took the win Sunday, allowing two unearned runs against the White Sox.

Lindstrom wasn't officially charged with an earned run but wasn't particularly strong either, giving up two straight singles following a Jose Abreu error and later letting in another run on a wild pitch. Alexei Ramirez saved his skin with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but the fact remains -- Lindstrom's hold on the closer position is tenuous at best at this point.
Apr 13 - 8:38 PM

Matt Lindstrom allowed three hits and a run in a non-save situation Sunday against the Royals.

Lindstrom came on to protect a five-run lead and promptly allowed three of the first four runners to reach base. It was his first outing since blowing a save against the Twins Thursday, and he's now got a 9.00 ERA and 2.33 WHIP through three appearances. With Nate Jones on the disabled list his job appears safe for the time being, but Lindstrom isn't the best option for saves at this point.
Apr 6 - 6:12 PM

Matt Lindstrom took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Thursday against the Twins.

Lindstrom was given a gift right away, with C.B. Bucknor ringing Joe Mauer up on a slider that was several inches off the plate. Lindstrom, though, needed to be spotted more than one out today. He walked Josh Willingham, gave up a game-tying single to Trevor Plouffe and then surrendered a rocket to center from Oswaldo Arcia that turned into a go-ahead triple. Lindstrom isn't really closer material in our minds, but the good news for him is that the heir apparent, Nate Jones, is off to a dreadful start. Lindstrom should keep the job for now.
Apr 3 - 6:17 PM

Matt Lindstrom tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday to notch a save in a season-opening win over the Twins.

Lindstrom struck out one batter in the frame and danced around a one-out double from Chris Colabello to lock down the victory. Most expected that Nate Jones would get a chance at the closer role after the Addison Reed trade, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura wants to go with the proven veteran for now. We still think Jones will emerge before long, but Lindstrom is a must-own in all fantasy leagues at the moment.
Mar 31 - 7:38 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced Monday that Matt Lindstrom will be the team's closer.

Nate Jones was thought to have the edge going into camp and even coming out of it, but Ventura has opted for the more-experienced Lindstrom. The 34-year-old right-hander registered a 3.12 ERA and 46/23 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings last summer for Chicago and is now a must-own in fantasy leagues for the 2014 season.
Mar 31 - 1:06 PM

Matt Lindstrom (oblique) hopes to make his Cactus League debut on Friday,

The original plan called for him to pitch Wednesday, but he's still feeling a little soreness with his oblique. The veteran reliever will throw another bullpen session before getting cleared for game action.
Mar 18 - 12:10 PM

Matt Lindstrom (oblique) will make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday.

It was supposed to be Tuesday, but the White Sox want to give his strained left oblique one more day of recovery time. Lindstrom should be ready for Opening Day if he avoids further physical complications.
Mar 17 - 7:01 PM

Matt Lindstrom (oblique) threw a successful side session on Saturday and will return to Cactus League action on Tuesday.

Provided he can avoid any further setbacks, he still has enough time to get ready for Opening Day. What the injury cost him, was a chance to usurp the closer role this spring from Nate Jones who is the odds-on favorite to win the position.
Mar 15 - 8:34 PM

Matt Lindstrom (oblique) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lindstrom strained an oblique at the beginning of March but is almost over the injury. He threw a side session on Thursday in White Sox camp and reported no issues. The right-hander should be 100 percent by Opening Day.
Mar 13 - 3:29 PM

Matt Lindstrom (oblique) threw off flat ground without issue on Wednesday.

"Looked like he was going pretty hard," Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago passed along. "Only a few tosses but a good sign." Lindstrom had been shut down since last Tuesday, when he had a setback with his strained oblique. There's no timetable for his return to game action, but he hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day.
Mar 12 - 1:10 PM

Matt Lindstrom (oblique) played catch Monday and went through a strenuous workout in the training room.

Lindstrom had been shut down since last Tuesday, when he had a setback with his strained oblique. There's no timetable for his return to game action, but he hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day yet. "I'm not tentative, but I'm not real confident in it just yet," Lindstrom said. "It's one of those things where you want to fire it in there as hard as you can, but you don't want it to do what it did last time and take a step back."
Mar 10 - 9:27 PM

Matt Lindstrom (oblique) hopes to resume throwing this week.

The veteran right-hander is taking things cautiously as to avoid further injury, as he suffered a setback while trying to rush back initially. While it shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season, it may not give him enough time to overthrow Nate Jones in the battle to become the team's closer.
Mar 8 - 2:41 PM

Matt Lindstrom will rest for a few days after aggravating his oblique injury earlier this week.

Lindstrom first suffered the injury last week. Oblique injuries are known to sideline players for weeks at a time, so the White Sox aren't going to take any chances at this point.
Mar 5 - 1:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Gordon Beckham
2Marcus Semien
3Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Jeff Keppinger
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Dayan Viciedo
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Jordan Danks
DH1Adam Dunn
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Erik Johnson
5Felipe Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Matt Lindstrom
2Nate Jones
3Ronald Belisario
4Scott Downs
5Daniel Webb
6Donnie Veal
7Maikel Cleto
8Jacob Petricka