Results tagged ‘ Team USA ’

Lindstrom close to throwing

It looks like it will be exactly seven days when Matt Lindstrom resumes throwing.

Dealing with a right rotator cuff strain, Lindstrom said on Friday that he is scheduled to throw off flat ground on Sunday.

The Marlins closer felt some tightness in his shoulder while pitching for Team USA last Sunday against the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. An MRI revealed the strain, and he was shut down from throwing for seven to 10 days.

Lindstrom estimates he will throw at 90 feet.

There still is no time frame for when he will return to game action. And it is doubtful he will be ready for Opening Day.

However, Lindstrom is encouraged with how he feels, and he doesn’t consider the injury serious.

— Joe Frisaro


Stottlemyre on Lindstrom

Matt Lindstrom’s strained right rotator cuff is a touchy point for Team USA.

Lindstrom felt some stiffness in his shoulder during his bullpen session before he entered Sunday night’s game in the eighth inning against the Netherlands.

Team USA bullpen coach Mel Stottlemyre said the Marlins closer didn’t say a word. Eventually, Lindstrom was lifted, and an MRI revealed the strain, and he is in a no throw period for seven to 10 days.

The injury likely will cause him to open the season on the disabled list.

“He didn’t give us any indication that anything was bothering him at all,” Stottlemyre said. “I feel really bad. He didn’t say anything. Of course, he wanted to go out there and compete, but we felt real bad. Hopefully, it’s not anything serious.”

A concern is when a player doesn’t speak up before he takes the mound.

“It’s one of those things you try to safeguard against as much as possible,” Stottlemyre said. “Make them realize that even though the competition is really fierce, they’re still at a stage in Spring Training where their arms are still building. It’s been a tough job for [Team USA pitching coach] Marcel Lachemann to try to reach a fine point. You want them to do well out there, and at the same time protect themselves, because they still are in Spring Training.”

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom has sore shoulder

Closer Matt Lindstrom has a sore right shoulder, and he will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Most likely, he is done pitching for Team USA. The bigger concern now is the regular season.

In the eighth inning on Sunday against the Netherlands, he was lifted with two outs because of the shoulder discomfort.

Lindstrom began stretching his right side during a sequence with Sharnol Adriana, who lifted a sacrifice fly to right field. Lindstrom gave up a homer to Bryan Engelhardt in the inning, and he nearly caused a bench-clearing incident when his fastball to Vince Rooi sailed to the screen.

Lindstrom has experienced back tightness the past few years. But this time it is his shoulder.

— Joe Frisaro