Matt Lindstrom is set to come back this Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He has been out since May 19th with an ankle injury, and is finally ready to return after a brief rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights.
Lindstrom finished his rehab assignment 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA, and 7 earned runs allowed on 9 hits, all in just 4.2 innings pitched. He also had a 3/3 K/BB ratio. After ankle surgery, he was set to be sidelined for at least 3 months. Although his Charlotte assignment didn’t go well, it’s encouraging that Lindstrom is fully healed from surgery almost exactly right on schedule.
The 34-year-old reliever returns to a 2-1 record with a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings. Respectable numbers for now, but his 4.77 FIP and 1.47 WHIP are something to keep an eye on.
He had 6 saves in 9 opportunities when he was the team’s closer, so it’s unclear whether or not he will be considered for the closer role upon his return. It will be even tougher considering Jake Petricka has been fantastic lately, with a 0.96 ERA, 8 strikeouts, and 5 saves over 9.1 innings in his last 10 appearances.
With Zach Putnam and Matt Lindstrom both back in the bullpen, it’s anyone’s guess who will be the team’s closer. What’s more important is that our bullpen is almost back to full strength. Which if you have been viewing White Sox games, you realize how big of a deal that is. Hopefully with the oft-injured bullpen once again healthy, we can see some more wins in the future.