There won't be any scary ninth innings for the next six weeks with Matt Lindstrom. The Marlins just placed the right-handed closer on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow -- and according to manager Fredi Gonzalez its going to be awhile before we see him again.
Gonzalez said it will be four weeks before Lindstrom throws again and at least another two after that so he can get his arm ready to pitch. So, who replaces him as the team's closer? Not even Gonzalez is sure.
Lindstrom has been replaced on the roster by 6-6, 210 pound right-hander Chris Leroux, who was in Double A Jacksonville. Leroux is 3-2 this season with a 3.67 ERA and one save. Leroux was a seventh round pick in 2005.
Tuesday, Lindstrom allowed four consecutive two-out ninth inning hits to the Orioles, and he was eventually charged with three earned runs. Sunday, he gave up three hits, one walk and two earned runs to the Yankees, picking up the shakiest of saves his 14 saves. Lindstrom's ERA is now 6.52 and his WHIP is 1.90.
As it stands, Leo Nunez is probably the best candidate to close while Lindstrom is out. But he won't be available for a day or two as he comes back from a sore right ankle. Kiko Calero, who was just placed on the DL this past weekend, could also be a candidate once he comes back.