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Youth, experience balance bullpen

CHICAGO -- When Matt Lindstrom’s free-agent deal with the White Sox becomes official, the South Siders will have a solid balance of talented young hurlers and accomplished veterans in their bullpen. Lindstrom joins the veteran side with Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton, while closer Addison Reed leads the youthful charge with Nate Jones and Hector Santiago.

Bobby Thigpen, the team’s new bullpen coach who recorded a then Major League single-season best 57 saves in 1990, believes that mix could lead the White Sox relief core to lofty heights.

“How good can the group be? Best in baseball,” Thigpen said. “We got some young guys. We’ve got a couple older guys that I think helped them a lot last year, having Matt and Jesse there. We’re going to look for them to give them that role and then hopefully I can do my part and help the young guys come along like they should.”

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