Updates from Sunday, July 13
[Robin] Ventura watched as Matt Lindstrom, who hopes to return by early August after having surgery on his left ankle, threw 30 pitches in the bullpen.
'Throwing, he looked great,' Ventura said. 'He’s still hobbling around somewhat. He still doesn’t look totally stable on his ankle as far as running around and fielding and comebackers like that. But throwing, he looks fine [and the ball] looks good coming out of his hand.'
Lindstrom threw all four of his pitches.
'I threw a lot of strikes, which was good,' Lindstrom said.
The Chicago White Sox might have to start plucking fans out of the stands to fill the roster soon.
Robin Ventura's team continues to be decimated with injuries in 2014, as Matt Lindstrom was placed on the DL with an ankle injury Tuesday. According to CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes, the team's closer won't be returning anytime soon, either:
Surgery for Matt Lindstrom Fri. to repair a tear in sheath of left ankle, which protects peroneal tendons. He's expected to miss 3 months.— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 21, 2014
On Matt Lindstrom, word is that recovery time from surgery is approximately 3 months. Not clear, but guess that means activity starts then.— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 21, 2014
The White Sox later confirmed the news:
Matt Lindstrom will have surgery Friday to repair a tear in the sheath of his left ankle. Recovery time is approximately three months.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 21, 2014
It had been a bit of a shaky go for Lindstrom, who returned to his role as a full-time closer for the first time since 2010. He had converted just six of nine save opportunities, and his WHIP was at an unhealthy 1.47.
However, the 34-year-old hadn't blown a save since April 16, shutting the door five consecutive times. He talked about that marked improvement, via the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane:
I'm getting more comfortable in the closer role just because my body is responding. I feel like pitchers, hitters, everything has to be in rhythm and in sync to be successful. You can't always be thinking about something going on with your body. I feel like now I'm starting to, not really come into my own, but get a better feel for my pitches and my stuff and what I have this year. Just get a better routine going.
Alas, this news quickly puts a stop to that.
The White Sox will likely turn to Ronald Belisario or Daniel Webb in the ninth inning, although the recently claimed Javy Guerra has some closer experience and could also get a look.
Either way, Chicago will try to do what it has been doing all season: bounce back from an injury.