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Thursday, July 31, 2014

White Sox Injury Update: Nate Jones, Avisail Garcia, Matt Lindstrom

By on 7/31/2014 07:15:00 AM

Nate Jones was in the running to close for the Chicago White Sox before a back injury derailed his chances at the start of the season. Now he won't pitch again in 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery following a setback during his rehab. CSN's Dan Hayes reported the news, along with more encouraging signs for Avisail Garcia and Matt Lindstrom, who will both head on rehab assignments soon. Hayes tweeted the following on Jones:
Jones is now a doubt for 2015, with even the standard timetable seeing him return at this time next year. Any setbacks could see him missing the full season. The 28-year-old appeared just twice at the start of the season, failing to record an out while giving up four earned runs in those appearances.

The news on Garcia and Lindstrom is fortunately much more positive. Hayes writes that both players will head to Triple-A Charlotte for rehab assignments on Friday. Hayes spoke to GM Rick Hahn, who said Garcia's assignment will effectively be like spring training, with the outfielder starting as the DH and working his way into an outfield role. Hahn did emphasise caution with Garcia, who was not expected to return at all in 2014 when he originally tore his labrum.

Lindstrom should be returning much sooner, with Hayes suggesting he could return in time for Chicago's next road trip, which starts next Thursday in Seattle. Manager Robin Ventura wouldn't be drawn on whether Lindstrom would close when he does return, with Jake Petricka currently occupying the role. Lindstrom had six saves prior to his injury and the closer role has been in flux ever since.

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