Versatile reliever Lindstrom fitting in with new club

Versatile reliever Lindstrom fitting in with new club

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox signed reliever Matt Lindstrom in January to replace the role of departed free-agent right-hander Brett Myers, who went to the Indians. The Sox like Lindstrom's numbers -- a career-low 2.68 ERA last year in 46 combined appearances with Baltimore and Arizona and a 1.255 combined WHIP -- and profile as a ground-ball pitcher.

So far, Lindstrom likes the White Sox, too. This spring, he's appeared four times and pitched four hitless innings with four strikeouts.

"It's gone really well," the 33-year-old right-hander said. "I feel like I've been working on some things, trying to iron out my mechanics, and it's really nice getting to know all the guys on a new team. Everyone keeps it real loose in here and we're having a good time, getting our work in and getting ready for the season to get started."

Lindstrom has done just about everything in a big league bullpen since arriving on the scene with the Marlins in 2007. He figures as a key part of the late-innings setup mix in front of closer Addison Reed, and he's happy with it.

"Whatever [manager] Robin [Ventura] needs in the late innings," Lindstrom said. "I can come in with runners on base or start a fresh inning or serve any of those roles. I have a little experience doing everything, so I think that suits me well."

Lindstrom said he's continually trying to iron out his mechanics, but he knows what he needs to do.

"The only thing I'm worried about is being aggressive, being able to pound the fastball in the zone and being able to locate," Lindstrom said. "Everything works off of that -- just staying toward home plate and keeping my direction as opposed to opening up and trying to gain more power, trying to overpower hitters when, really, you just have to stay within yourself."

Doug Miller is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.