Matt Lindstrom needs surgery

Updated: May 21, 2014, 9:48 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom needs surgery on his injured left ankle and will be out for an extended period, according to manager Robin Ventura.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastMatt Lindstrom has six saves and a 3.32 ERA in 19 games this season.

Lindstrom was hurt when he stepped awkwardly while fielding a bunt during the ninth inning of Monday's game at Kansas City. He left the game immediately and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a dislocated ankle tendon.

"I know he's going to be down for a while," Ventura said.

Lindstrom will undergo surgery Friday with the recovery time projected around three months, meaning he likely will not return before late August.

"They'll try to fix it and get him back, but right now we're just hoping everything goes well for him and he can get back as soon as he can," Ventura said.

Lindstrom was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA this season and had six saves in nine chances. He took over the closer role after Addison Reed was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks this past offseason.

Ventura said right-hander Ronald Belisario, who got a chance to close Tuesday's game, recording his first save of the season while giving up a run, would be his closer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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