GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom threw a side session on Wednesday and remains on track to pitch in his first Cactus League game on Friday.
"I felt no ill-effects, nothing I can't work through and looking forward to making my appearance," Lindstrom said. "I had a couple of good bullpen sessions in the spring and now it's time to translate it out on the mound and in the game and come together with the team."
Lindstrom is a candidate for the closer's job but has been sidelined by a left oblique strain. The reliever appeared in 76 games last year and finished with a 3.12 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. He is expected to be ready by Opening Day.
"I don't want to be thinking about [the oblique] out there," he said. "You have to make pitches in the big leagues, and if you don't make pitches, it's because you are thinking about something else. It's hard enough to play this game. The biggest thing is not having those thoughts in your head and being able to execute your pitches, and I need to do that in order to have success."
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.