Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:32:43 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) is feeling good as he rejoins the team Monday, June 30, and he's ahead of schedule in his rehab process.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:49:26 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Ronald Belisario will no longer be the team's closer, according to manager Robin Ventura. RP Jake Petricka received the save Friday, June 27, and is an option to close. Ventura has not decided who will fill the role at this point.
Fantasy Tip: Petricka likely will be in the mix since he got the chance Friday. Zach Putnam and Javy Guerra could also receive save chances in the upcoming weeks. Matt Lindstrom (ankle) could also be back in a few weeks and take over the role. Owners could consider adding one of them at this point but could also wait to see if Ventura names a closer.
Wed, 21 May 2014 17:56:09 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Chicago White Sox said Wednesday, May 21, that RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) will have surgery to repair a tear in the sheath of his left ankle, and the recovery time is three months.
Fantasy Tip: Ronald Belisario worked the ninth inning for a save Tuesday, and he is expected to assume the closer's role in Lindstrom's stead. Another former Dodgers RP Javy Guerra, who has closer's experience, is also a pitcher to watch in potential save opportunities.
Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:04 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) will need to undergo surgery on his left ankle and will be out for an extended amount of time, according to manager Robin Ventura. There is no official timetable listed for Lindstrom's return, but Ventura knows it'll be more than 15 days. He is expected to pitch again this year. RP Ronald Belisario closed out a save chance in the game Tuesday, May 20.
Fantasy Tip: Belisario should be your first target for save opps, but he hasn't been that great this year and could share duties with either Daniel Webb or Frank Francisco. Unless you're in a bind in the saves column, it might be best to avoid this situation.
Tue, 20 May 2014 11:09:25 -0700
The Chicago White Sox placed RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list with a sublexing peroneal tendon in his left ankle Tuesday, May 20, and recalled RP Javy Guerra from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Jacob Petricka filled in last night as the emergency option after Lindstrom left with the injury and picked up his first save. Petricka, however, probably won't be the best bet for most of the save opps in Lindstrom's absence. That honor will likely fall to Daniel Webb or Ronald Belisario, making either fine targets on the waiver wire if you're hunting for saves. Frank Francisco could have an opportunity to vulture some saves, too, but he comes with plenty of risk.
Tue, 20 May 2014 05:33:36 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (foot) left the game Monday, May 19, after failing to field a bunt and injuring his left foot.
Fantasy Tip: Ronald Belisario, Daniel Webb and Scott Downs could fill in at closer if Lindstrom misses significant time.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:39:09 -0700
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday, April 15, RP Matt Lindstrom remains the closer despite two blown save opportunities. "He's in there right now," Ventura said. "It's always been that way, where you can make a change at any time. It's tough, the job is tough. As of right now, he'd probably be going out there today."
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:34:47 -0700
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent RP Frank Francisco (Mets) to an undisclosed deal Monday, April 14.
Fantasy Tip: Francisco brings some closing experience to a team that may be looking for an option to replace Matt Lindstrom in the ninth-inning role soon. It's unclear if Francisco will need to prove himself in the minors first before getting a shot at a late-inning role in the majors first. Saves-desperate owners in AL leagues might need to snatch him up quickly.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:14:09 -0700
The Chicago White Sox placed RP Nate Jones (gluteus) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 4, and recalled RP Jacob Petricka from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move. Jones was charged with four runs without recording an out in his two appearances this year. Petricka was 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2013.
Fantasy Tip: About the only reason to keep Jones on your roster now is if you're in an AL-only league or you want to use up one of your DL spots. Matt Lindstrom has a much longer leash now, it seems, after blowing his first save opp yesterday.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:38:27 -0700
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he won't rush to make a change in the back end of the bullpen after RP Matt Lindstrom blew the save Thursday, April 3, and with RP Nate Jones (gluteus) ailing. "I think it's a pretty small sample (size)," Ventura said after the defeat. "If you look around the league, there's been a lot of stuff happening with bullpens, so I'm not going to sit here and overreact to it. Would you like it to be better? Yeah, sure. But I'm going to give the Twins credit. They battled and they're the ones that put up the runs. They had a good offensive plan today and they did well." Both Jones and Lindstrom dealt with injuries this spring, with Lindstrom fighting an oblique strain that limited him to just three spring outings.
Fantasy Tip: Lindstrom will remain the closer, for now. Jones can be let go in mixed leagues, but he could easily take the role away from Lindstrom down the road when he's healthy and gets his feet under him.