Lindstrom hopes to pitch in a month

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox bullpen could use some help, and Matt Lindstrom said Monday that a minor league rehab assignment could be in store in less than a month.

The right-hander has been out for almost six weeks due to a tear in his left ankle that required surgery.

“Talking to the trainers and stuff, they think I’m about a week ahead of schedule from acupuncture and laser treatments and stuff I did while I was away from the team,” Lindstrom said. “I’m pretty optimistic about it. I’ve already played catch without the boot on three or four times. It feels pretty good. I’m excited to get going, and I tried to do whatever I could the last month once I got that cast off to speed up the healing process.”

Ronald Belisario struggled as Lindstrom’s replacement at closer and was removed from the role this past weekend. The White Sox will go with a closer-by-committee approach until somebody grabs the role -- unless Lindstrom returns first.

“Any time you have to go through something like that in the middle of a season it’s tough,” Lindstrom said. “Guys are being asked to do things that they have never really done before. You can look at the bright side that down the road, guys in this bullpen will have a ton of experience through these later-inning roles as we go forward. It’s not going to be a surprise to them. You have to learn some time. It’s good for them.”

Lindstrom said that though up-and-down movement with his ankle is fine, it’s the lateral movement that needs to improve.

He was asked if a rehab assignment within the month is a reasonable prognosis.

"I think so, but I’m not going to put any timetables on it," he said. "In spring training, with the [oblique] I had to deal with, [a timetable] didn’t look too good. So I’m just going to take it day by day."