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Mild oblique strain doesn't worry Lindstrom

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Lindstrom had very little concern over his mild left oblique strain that cost him one scheduled inning of work in Friday's Cactus League opener.

"Probably zero," Lindstrom told reporters on Saturday morning. "I'm good. Just kind of felt something. I threw a light 15-pitch side [session] on Wednesday and I felt something very minor, but we're trying to take the necessary precautions so it doesn't turn into something big.

"I was supposed to throw [Friday], but we decided to back off a little bit. I plan on being out there again [Sunday], maybe even [Saturday]. I don't feel it. The main test is coughing and sneezing. Feeling pretty good, pretty optimistic."

The plan was to re-evaluate Lindstrom on Saturday, but with the abundance of overnight rain, he wasn't a likely candidate to throw against the Indians during the White Sox home Cactus League opener at Camelback Ranch, which was canceled due to inclement weather. Lindstrom has never had oblique problems before, but he heard it can be serious if tested or pushed before feeling right.

"I'm glad it happened right now as opposed to later in March or during the season," said Lindstrom, who also felt something when getting ready for the game Friday. "If it happened during the season, it wouldn't be a big deal and I'd probably keep trying to pitch through it or something. Right now, I want to make sure everything's good and I'm ready for the season.

"It was new to me, too, but I know what it is now, just because that's what guys tell me -- when you cough and sneeze and stuff, you kind of feel something. I was just out over my front leg and I felt a little tweak. It's no big deal. I have no problems bending over or twisting side to side, so I'm not that concerned."

Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Daniel Webb are considered the three top candidates to fill the White Sox closer vacancy. Jones has been bothered by a moderate left glute strain since the start of camp, and Webb returned home to Kentucky on Friday due to a death in the family.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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