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Oblique strain slows Lindstrom

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It has been a slow start for the Chicago White Sox closer candidates as Matt Lindstrom was the latest to hit a snag with what is being called by the team as a “very mild left oblique strain.”

Lindstrom was supposed to pitch in Friday’s Cactus League opener but was held out as a precaution with trainer Herm Schneider expecting him to resume throwing on the side as early as Saturday.

“I don’t think it’s going to be anything serious just tightness and we’re holding him out,” manager Robin Ventura said.

Nate Jones has resumed throwing bullpen sessions after missing the first week of camp with a gluteus muscle strain.

Lindstrom and Jones are considered the top to candidates to take over the closer job that was vacated in December when Addison Reed was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for third baseman Matt Davidson.