When Matt Lindstrom made his return a week ago, it was expected that he would help secure the bullpen. That hasn’t been the case as the right hander has struggled to get batters out. In three appearances since his return, Lindstrom has allowed six earned runs, seven hits and a walk in 2 innings pitched. His ERA has jumped from 3.32 to 5.57 over that span.

His latest struggles came yesterday against the Baltimore Orioles, where he allowed three runs on three hits and a walk without recording an out. Matt has stated how much he was looking forward to the next few weeks so he could pitch his way into a return to Chicago in 2015, but it’s not exactly going to plan.

 “I can get guys strike one, strike two; it’s just a matter of putting them away,” Lindstrom said. “That has been kind of elusive for me the last couple of outings. That has been kind of a tough pill to swallow, especially since the game is so close right there. … It’s frustrating right now, for sure, just not being able to put hitters away, throwing too good of pitches when I’ve got a couple to waste. That’s been the biggest thing.”

Time is running out for Matt Lindstrom to prove to the White Sox that he’s worth bringing back for another campaign with the team. So while he was eager to get back to the bullpen, maybe he needed to spend more time in Charlotte. If he was truly ready to return, he better start pitching like it…

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Source: Chicago Tribune

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