GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The eventual White Sox closer certainly won't be chosen by his ability to close out Cactus League games. Not with the hurlers destined for the active roster usually working earlier in the game to face big league hitters.
Matt Lindstrom, one of the prime closing candidates, believes the White Sox have the arms in camp to not only solidly fill out the ninth but the seventh and eighth as well. It's about preparation leading to the choice in his mind.
"Just getting your progression of your throwing program and your arm strength up," Lindstrom said. "I still think that April is almost the time when you are still not all the way there where you need to be.
"Everyone, especially pitchers, we are trying to get our bodies to the point where they are peaking at the right time and maintain through the season. We have the candidates in-house to do it. We have a lot of good arms in here. It should be interesting to see."
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