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Matt Lindstrom hits the DL, clearing path for an equally scary closer

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Matt Lindstrom, in happier times (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Chicago White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom hit the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, diagnosed with a sublexing peroneal tendon in his left ankle. He suffered the injury on Monday while attempting to field Alcides Escobar's cowardly bunt attempt.

According to the Roto Arcade medical research staff, a sublexing peroneal tendon is rarely a fatal injury. So that's great news. However, that's pretty much all we've got on this injury. It's an ankle issue of as-yet unknown severity.

The presumptive favorites to close for Chicago in Lindstrom's absence are Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb. Pick a favorite. Guessing the preferences of Robin Ventura is a dangerous game. Belisario seems like the safer bet at the moment, because Webb has been a walk-machine (17 BB in 24.0 IP, six in his last three appearances). Ronald hasn't exactly been lights-out this season (3.96 ERA), but most of the damage was sustained in early April, during a trip to Coors Field. He's been nearly flawless in May. Of course he also threw two innings on Monday (only 21 pitches), so his immediate availability is unknown.

If I were allowing myself just one speculative add in this 'pen, Belisario would be the guy. Both he and Webb are available in over 95 percent of Yahoo leagues. Do what needs doing, friends.

 

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