Chicago White Sox Morning BP (5/22)


May 21, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It was a shame the Chicago White Sox were unable to gain the series sweep against the Kansas City Royals because for eight innings they were so close, but they eventually lost, 3-1.

Besides the loss, one thing that hurt the White Sox on Wednesday was the news of closer Matt Lindstrom being out for the next three months.

In a Chicago Sun-Times article it says about Lindstrom:

"“(Lindstrom) will have surgery to repair a tear in the sheath of his left ankle that protects the peroneal (outer) tendons. Recovery time is three months.”"

I’m not saying Lindstrom is the best closer or anything, but he is the best closer the White Sox have (especially with Nate Jones also on the DL as well) and he is needed on the bullpen.

Now the White Sox will look to Ronald Belisario to be the closer it seems, or at least that was the case Tuesday night.

This isn’t the best of situations for the White Sox, but guess it could be worse. It will be interesting to see how the closer situation all works out.

On a more positive note, left-handed ace Chris Sale returns from the DL tonight to face the New York Yankees. Sale is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA as he returns from the 15-Day DL after suffering a strained left flexor muscle.

Having Sale back in the rotation is big for this team, for not only having the best pitcher on the team, but he makes this team a legitimate force, at least for the one day he is on the mound.

The Chicago Tribune quoted Sale in an article, as he said:

"“Everyone’s doing their part, chipping in and helping win ballgames, and I’m just sitting on the sidelines with pompons in my hands, really …”"

It should be a fun night at US Cellular Field with the return of Sale.

In other White Sox news:

Frank Francisco will be designated for assignment, as CSN reports.

• Here is another Matt Lindstrom article, this one from ESPN Chicago.

Da Windy City wrote about the loss on Wednesday.

• The official White Sox site writes about what legends will represent the White Sox at the draft.

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