White Sox reliever Nate Jones has been on the disabled list with a back injury since the first week of the season, but now he’s got an even bigger problem.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the 28-year-old right-hander injured the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow while trying to build back arm strength following the time off and underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
That means Jones will miss the remainder of this season and likely most of next year as well. If healthy Jones probably would have been in line for a bunch of save chances in Chicago, but now he’s looking at essentially back-to-back lost seasons after beginning his career with a 3.31 ERA through 150 innings.
Some unfortunate news here for the White Sox.
According to CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes, closer Matt Lindstrom will have surgery Friday to repair a tear of the sheath in his left ankle and is going to miss at least three months. That means a late-August return is the best-case scenario.
Lindstrom injured his left ankle Monday while attempting to field an Alcides Escobar bunt.
He has already been placed on the disabled list.
The 34-year-old right-hander had registered a 3.32 ERA and six saves in 19 appearances this season. Daniel Webb and Ronald Belisario seem like the best ninth-inning options for Chicago going forward.
Nate Jones had a microdiscectomy earlier this month and will likely be sidelined through mid-June.
White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom injured his ankle fielding a bunt in the ninth inning last night and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling a sublexing peroneal tendon.
Lindstrom had fared pretty well before the injury, saving six games with a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings despite a terrible 11/9 K/BB ratio.
To replace him on the roster the White Sox called up right-hander Javy Guerra from Triple-A, where he’s been pitching since they claimed him off waivers from the Dodgers last month. Guerra has some previous closing experience, but seems unlikely to be thrown right into ninth-inning duties for the White Sox.
Nate Jones would be the favorite for saves in Lindstrom’s absence, except he’s already on the disabled list with a back injury of his own. Manager Robin Ventura may be mixing and matching in save chances for a while.