KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura began his pregame media session Tuesday with an update on the "injury of the day."
That's not much of an exaggeration.
Sox closer Matt Lindstrom became the eighth player from the Sox's opening day roster to be placed on the disabled list this season after he suffered a left ankle injury Monday night against the Royals. Through Tuesday's game, players on the opening day roster have missed 175 games while on the DL, and that's not counting the 22 games second baseman Gordon Beckham missed to start the season on the DL.
Among the vital players the Sox have spent time without are top pitcher Chris Sale, leadoff hitter Adam Eaton, team home runs and RBIs leader Jose Abreu -- and now their closer.
"We've been cursed right now with the injuries," Sox reliever Jake Petricka said. "Luckily they have been able to bounce back quickly. We're hoping Matty can do the same thing and be back in two weeks and be as strong as ever."
The Sox are calling Lindstrom's injury a subluxing peroneal tendon, but he returned to Chicago for further evaluation. He was injured while rushing to field a bunt in the ninth inning Monday night in the victory over the Royals. Petricka said even from the bullpen he could tell Lindstrom's step off the mound wasn't right.
"We don't know the full extent of it, but we do know it was enough to go on the DL," Ventura said. "He wasn't walking very good. ... They can do some tests on him and figure out what it is and go from there."
Lindstrom won the closer's job out of spring training after recovering from a left oblique strain and was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 6-for-9 on save opportunities in 19 appearances this season.
Belisario took over as the closer Tuesday night and earned his first Sox save in the 7-6 victory over the Royals.
Entering in the ninth with a 7-5 lead, he allowed a two-out double to right field from Billy Butler and an RBI single from Alex Gordon. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole second with two outs and was called safe. Ventura challenged the close play, but the call was upheld. In the end, it didn't matter. Belisario struck out Lorenzo Cain to end it.
Belisario had been the team's most consistent reliever, entering Tuesday with seven straight scoreless appearances, and 12 straight without an earned run.
Belisario said he was ready for the new role.
"Setup guys are almost the same job," he said. "I just go in, do my job and make the outs."
The Sox purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Javy Guerra from Triple-A Charlotte to fill Lindstrom's roster spot. He received the call to join the Sox at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and joined the team by 1 p.m.
Guerra said he didn't know what to expect when the Sox claimed him off waivers from the Dodgers in March, but he thinks he improved with the help of Charlotte pitching coach Richard Dotson.
"Things have been a little sharper, and for the most part I tried to get better every day," Guerra said. "(It was) just little things, little mechanical issues, things they thought they could help with. They have come a long way, and I'm really buying into it."
Guerra was 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and three saves in 14 relief appearances with Charlotte this season. He's 4-5 with a 2.90 ERA over 101 major league games with the Dodgers and is 29-for-36 in save opportunities, but Ventura said he's unlikely to step into that role right now for the Sox.
"He has been reliable in the past," Ventura said. "That's part of bringing a guy in here who has had some experience, and we're going to count on that."
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