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27 Matt Lindstrom RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 2/11/1980 | Birthplace: Rexburg, ID | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Ricks Coll. ID (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,300,000 | Owned/Started%: 12/0 | Average Draft Position: 273.83
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Matt Lindstrom completes bullpen session Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom completed another bullpen session Tuesday, the team announced.

Lindstrom is on track to move forward to throwing live batting practice while the team is in Minnesota this weekend. If all goes well, he could end up beginning a rehab assignment at some point next week. He has been sidelined since May 19 while recovering from ankle surgery.


Matt Lindstrom working toward return to White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom is nearing a return from ankle surgery that has kept him sidelined for two months, per MLB.com.

Lindstrom threw a 30-pitch side session Saturday and is slated to throw again on the side Tuesday and a bullpen session later in the week. His original timetable for a comeback to Chicago had been late August.


Matt Lindstrom scheduled to throw bullpen Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, MLB.com reports. Lindstrom, who is working his way back from left ankle surgery, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session last week and remains on pace for a late August return.

Matt Lindstrom ahead of schedule


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom, who originally was targeting a late August return from ankle surgery, now hopes to return early next month, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Lindstrom threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and "looked great," manager Robin 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," Ventura added.

Lindstrom said he used all four of his pitches and threw a lot of strikes.


Matt Lindstrom completes first bullpen session


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom threw a bullpen session Saturday, the team announced.

Lindstrom, who is working his way back from a tendon injury in his ankle, tossed 30 pitches in the bullpen without issue. He also took some fielding practice, including covering first base, and the team reports it went well.

Lindstrom has been out since May 19 and is targeting a return in late August. 


Matt Lindstrom to throw 'pen session Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom is scheduled to throw a  25-35 pitch bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com reports. Lindstrom is targeting a Sept. 1 return from ankle surgery.

Matt Lindstrom ahead of schedule in rehab


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom is estimated by the team's training staff to be about one week ahead of schedule in his recovery from a subluxing outside tendon in his ankle, MLB.com reports.

"I'm pretty optimistic about it," Lindstrom said. "I've already played catch without the boot on three or four times. It feels pretty good. I'm excited to get going and I tried to do whatever I could the last month once I got that cast off to speed up the healing process a little bit with those different types of treatments."

Lindstrom underwent acupuncture and laser treatments as he was recovering away from the team. He believes he may be one month away from beginning a rehab assignment. The pitcher suffered the injury on May 19.


Matt Lindstrom has cast, stitches removed from ankle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom had the cast and stitches removed from his left ankle, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports. Lindstrom is targeting a Sept. 1 return, according to the report.

Matt Lindstrom to undergo ankle surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom will undergo surgery to repair a tear in the sheath of his left ankle, CSNChicago.com reports.

Lindstrom is expected to miss three months while recovering from surgery, putting him out until August. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and will likely be transferred to the 60-day disabled list whenever the team needs to free up a 40-man roster spot.


Matt Lindstrom hits 15-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom has been placed on the disabled list Tuesday.

Lindstrom is dealing with an ankle injury. He was removed from Monday's game due to the issue. Lindstrom had a 3.32 ERA over 19 innings. 


Matt Lindstrom leaves game Monday with apparent foot injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom was removed from a save opportunity Monday after suffering an apparent foot injury while attempting to field a bunt.

Lindstrom took an error on the play, which put two runners on with no outs and his team up just one run in the ninth inning. He'll likely be evaluated after the game.


Matt Lindstrom picks up sixth save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom earned his sixth save Wednesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 4-2 win over the A's.

Lindstrom gave up a hit and a walk in the outing but was able to escape without giving up any runs thanks in part to a double play. He owns a 3.50 ERA and 10:9 K:BB ratio in 18 innings.


Matt Lindstrom earns fifth save Monday vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom gave up one hit and one walk Monday but pitched a scoreless 12th inning in his team's 3-1 win over the Cubs to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Lindstrom gave up a leadoff walk but erased the runner on a groundball double play. After allowing a single, he struck out the final batter of the game. Lindstrom owns a 3.00 ERA and 9:8 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.


Matt Lindstrom picks up fourth save Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom picked up his fourth save and first since April 23 during Sunday's 4-3 win against the Indians.

Lindstrom got the chance for the save opportunity after Dayan Viciedo put Chicago ahead in the top of the ninth with a three-run homer. Lindstrom allowed a two-out single before finishing the game with a strikeout of Asdrubal Cabrera.


Matt Lindstrom secures third save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom gave up a hit and a walk but pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 6-4 win over the Tigers to secure his third save of the season.

Lindstrom was able to record the final out to strand the tying run on second base, and all three of his outs came via fly out. He owns a 2.70 ERA but just a 3:4 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


Matt Lindstrom closes out Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom worked his way around a base hit and a walk, but managed to escape with his second save of the season Monday night against the Tigers in Detroit. The right-hander needed 17 pitches to complete a scoreless ninth inning, securing a 3-1 victory.

Lindstrom is 2 for 5 in save chances with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over nine innings pitched.

Ventura: Matt Lindstrom is still the closer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura gave embattled closer Matt Lindstrom a vote of confidence Tuesday, reiterating that he remains the team's closer despite two early blown saves.

"He's in there right now," Ventura told MLB.com. "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 has a 5.40 ERA in five innings of work this season, and has been thrust into the closer role with Nate Jones on the disabled list. He has just two strikeouts to two walks, and has recorded just one save in three opportunities. 


Matt Lindstrom escapes with win despite another blown save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom continued to struggle as suffered a blown save, but escaped with the win Sunday afternoon against the Indians.

Lindstrom blew a one-run lead in the ninth, surrendering a run on a wild pitch and on an RBI single to David Murphy. He was charged with two unearned runs on two hits and one walk in one inning pitched. Alexei Ramirez came up big with a walkoff, two-run home run to end the game.

Lindstrom owns a 5.40 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP along with 2:2 K:BB ratio over five innings pitched.

Matt Lindstrom melts down in second save chance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom's hold on the closer's role is not considered particularly strong, and he didn't do much to strengthen his position in his second save opportunity of the season Thursday against the Twins.

Lindstrom entered the game up 9-8 after the White Sox took the lead in the previous inning, but he promptly gave it right back. Lindstrom was tagged for two runs on two hits and a walk in his inning of work, blowing the save and taking the loss in a 10-9 final.

Lindstrom opened his season with a successful save in his first chance, but it didn't take long for things to turn around. Fortunately for him, Nate Jones seems unlikely to challenge him for the role at this point, after admitting he is dealing with an injury Thursday.


Matt Lindstrom earns first White Sox save of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom recorded the first save of the season, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 5-3 Opening Day win over the Twins.

While Nate Jones was the expected winner of the team's closer battle, Lindstrom earned the role before Monday's game despite only throwing three innings this spring while dealing with an injury. Lindstrom entered the season with 45 major-league saves to his credit but none since 2011.


Not much faith in Matt Lindstrom


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) So the White Sox named Matt Lindstrom their closer over presumed favorite Nate Jones to begin the season. He apparently made a believer out of manager Robin Ventura with those three innings he pitched this spring.

Please note the sarcasm.

I don't expect it to last long. Ventura probably thinks he's making the "safe" choice by going with a veteran who has some experience in the role, but of course, Lindstrom's experience in the role is nothing to write home about. He survived a crazy high ERA and WHIP en route to a combined 38 saves in 2009 and 2010. 

Granted, he has improved as a pitcher since then, but he's still too hittable to be more than a Kevin Gregg-type closer. Obviously, in leagues where all closers need to be owned, so does Lindstrom, but I wouldn't put any long-term faith in him and would, in fact, still prioritize Jones over him.


White Sox closer situation far from settled


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3/31/2014) As someone who owns White Sox closer hopeful Nate Jones in several leagues, the news that manager Robin Ventura decided to go with Matt Lindstrom in the ninth-inning role was distressing. While Jones' owners would surely prefer he starts getting save chances right away, there is still no reason to panic.

Specifically, Ventura told SportsNet Chicago that Lindstrom would be the closer "today." That doesn't sound like a commitment beyond Opening Day. And while Lindstrom doesn't have a skill set or a history that suggests sustained success as a closer, Jones has a profile that should bode well for his success in that role.

He had the third-highest average fastball velocity among relievers last season, sandwiched among Aroldis Chapman, Kelvin Herrera, Trevor Rosenthal and Craig Kimbrel in those rankings. Jones, as one would expect, got plenty of strikeouts (10.3 K/9), and he was good at getting grounders (53 percent rate) as well. Unlike many hard throwers, Jones didn't have command issues (65 percent strikes thrown).

With a skill profile that leaves Lindstrom's in the dust, I suspect we will see Jones as the White Sox's full-time closer within the next month. If you've got Jones, simply stash him and wait it out.


Matt Lindstrom wins closer's job for White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura finally revealed his choice for closer Monday, giving the role to Matt Lindstrom over Nate Jones and Daniel Webb. Lindstrom, who has 45 career saves, had a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in three relief appearances this spring.

White Sox manager waiting to reveal choice for closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura has picked a closer, but he will wait to tell the media until he has a chance to talk with Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom and Daniel Webb, who are considered the three finalists for the role.

"I do (know), but I'm going to talk to them a little bit later and then they'll find out," Ventura said, per ESPN. "I'm not going to say now."


White Sox refuse to name closer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The White Sox will not name a closer prior to opening day, according to the Chicago Tribune

"Come watch the game Monday," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "If we have the lead, you'll find out who is closing." Cooper said the candidates for the role will know their job Sunday. Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and darkhorse Daniel Webb are all in the running for the late-inning role.