Matt Lindstrom doesn't think he was prepared enough to be a closer when he was given chances with the Marlins and Astros in 2009 and 2010. But now the 34-year-old White Sox right-hander would love the opportunity to prove to himself he can do it this season with a few more years experience. "I didn't really know how to set hitters up," Lindstrom said. "It was just basically trying to throw it by people and trick them. It was just not really knowing how to pitch, not reading the situation as much as I should have. "… It would be cool to throw the ninth inning again. That feeling of knowing you're coming through for your teammates, that's the best feeling." Lindstrom is one of the candidates, along with Nate Jones and Daniel Webb, to replace closer Addison Reed, who was traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason. He has converted 45 of 64 save opportunities in his career, most during stints with the Marlins and Astros that he said were sprinkled with health problems from injuries to overtraining to not eating enough to maintain his weight. The Sox brought back the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, on a $4 million club option this year after he was 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA while inducing 15 doubles plays in 76 appearances in 2013. He began to think about the closer's role when Reed was traded and was encouraged when the Sox told him it was an option. Sox manager Robin Ventura said Lindstrom's experience helps him but doesn't necessarily give him the lead for the role. "You know he has been in that situation before and he has handled it, so that's a good thing," Ventura said. "He has looked great. I'm not naming a closer (yet), but he has looked fine." Lindstrom said he isn't treating spring training much differently with the new goal within reach, but he is trying to maintain a steadier approach than in the past.
Matt Lindstrom wants solid shot at closing
Chicago Tribune | Feb 27