Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom (27) on the mound late in the game against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum. Oakland won 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox place closer Matt Lindstrom on disabled list

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The Chicago White Sox have managed to stay afloat with a 22-24 record despite some serious uncertainty at the back end of their bullpen, but much like projected closer Nate Jones before him, the team has lost another arm in the form of right-hander Matt Lindstrom.

Prior to heading to the disabled list as a result of an ankle injury on Tuesday, the 34-year-old Lindstrom had done a reasonable job in the closer’s role, compiling six saves in nine chances, including five consecutive conversions. For the season, the veteran has posted a 3.32 ERA, but to be fair, that number is probably on the lucky side given his peripherals that include a 5.21 K/9, 4.26 BB/9 (yikes) and a FIP of 4.71.

In place of Lindstrom, the White Sox have several options, and they have yet to declare their intentions for the 9th inning to this point. Scott Downs has the most experience, while Ronald Belisario (career 3.35 ERA) is probably the best pitcher at this stage in their respective careers. It will be interesting to see what direction Chicago chooses to go in, but getting Lindstrom back soon would be a significant plus.

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