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Lindstrom makes Cactus League debut

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Lindstrom threw one scoreless inning of relief Saturday during the White Sox 7-0 loss to the Cubs at Camelback Ranch, marking his 2014 Cactus League debut. The right-handed reliever was scratched from the opener on Feb. 28 with a left oblique strain and has been working his way back.

"No ill effects," said Lindstrom of his 13-pitch effort with one strikeout. "I can deal with soreness, and a little bit of weakness or whatever, but for the most part, the fastball command was good."

Lindstrom is scheduled to pitch again Sunday and pretty much every other day until the end of camp. He's not worried about bouncing back Saturday and actually felt good about a few cutters he threw, which is a pitch he worked on in the offseason.

"I didn't feel really anything, and I'm excited to make my next appearance on Sunday," Lindstrom said. "I threw some good off-speed pitches, and I threw a couple of [lousy] ones. I just need to keep getting better at that.

"It was fun feeling the adrenaline out there and having guys behind me. I got some ground balls, and that's the kind of pitcher I am, so everything's good."

Lindstrom was scheduled to throw Tuesday, but wanted to take a couple of more days to mentally know he was ready to return.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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