The injury news just keeps getting worse for the Chicago White Sox.
A few days ago they had to place slugging rookie sensation Jose Abreu on the 15-day disabled list. Then yesterday they had to add closer Matt Lindstrom to that list with an ankle issue. We know now that Lindstrom is going to be out much longer than just 15 days.
According to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, Lindstrom will undergo ankle surgery that will keep him out for three months.
Surgery for Matt Lindstrom Fri. to repair a tear in sheath of left ankle, which protects peroneal tendons. He’s expected to miss 3 months.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 21, 2014
Lindstrom, to be honest, hasn’t had such a great season. He sports a 3.32 ERA and is just six for nine in save chances. However, he’d been better lately, locking down three saves and giving up just two runs in eight appearances in May.
There has not yet been an announcement about who will replace Lindstrom as the Sox’ closer, but ESPN Chicago has a nice breakdown of the potential candidates here. Whoever ends up replacing him, the Sox will need him to hold down the role of closer as we’ve seen more than a few baseball teams in the last few years take a turn for the worse when they lose that last line of defense in the ninth inning.