Right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom's minor league outing, his first game action since re-tweaking his hamstring, was quick and effective today.
Lindstrom pitched one inning, recording four outs against the Orioles' Triple-A team. He struck out two batters, including Orioles 40-man player Josh Bell. Lindstrom said he went through the first three hitters he faced quickly in about 9-10 pitches.
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He said he felt his velocity was good and there was no pain in the hamstring, which is in his pushing-off leg. He threw all his pitches, including his split-fingered fastball and his slider.
"I think that was a good indication of being ready for the season," he said.
Lindstrom was told he was pitching in a minor league game about an hour before it began at 10 this morning.
"It was a good test," he said. "I didn't feel it pushing off or anything."