Reliever Matt Lindstrom not worried about strained oblique muscle

BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter

March 2, 2014 12:08AM

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Updated: April 3, 2014 7:04AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Right-hander Matt Lindstrom, who was scratched from his scheduled outing in the White Sox’ Cactus League opener Friday, described his strained left oblique as ‘‘a little tweak’’ and said his level of concern was ‘‘probably zero.’’

Lindstrom said something was slightly amiss during a 15-pitch side session Wednesday.

‘‘I’m good, just kind of felt something,’’ Lindstrom said Saturday. ‘‘We’re trying to take the necessary precautions, so it doesn’t turn into something big.’’

Manager Robin Ventura said Lindstrom, who wants to compete for the closer role, was ‘‘getting a lot better,’’ and Lindstrom said he planned to throw Sunday.

‘‘I don’t feel it,’’ he said. ‘‘The main test is coughing and sneezing. Feeling pretty good, pretty optimistic.’’

This is the first time Lindstrom has experienced an oblique issue.

‘‘I was just out over my front leg, and I felt a little tweak,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s no big deal. I have no problems bending over or twisting side to side, so I’m not that concerned.’’

The Sox picked up Lindstrom’s 2014 option for $4 million during the offseason. Lindstrom, 33, posted a 3.12 ERA in 2013, his first season with the Sox. He ranked third among American League relief pitchers with 76 appearances, the most by a Sox reliever since Kelly Wunsch pitched in 83 games in 2000.

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