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Lindstrom Leaves Team USA due to Shoulder Soreness


Manager Davey Johnson said left fielder Ryan Braun will undergo an MRI on his strained right side at the request of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Also, Florida Marlins reliever Matt Lindstrom has left the squad after experiencing soreness in his shoulder in Sunday night's 9-3 victory over the Netherlands. Johnson noticed Lindstrom was feeling pain and removed him from the game.

On Monday afternoon during the team's workout, Johnson said Lindstrom was undergoing an MRI and would miss the rest of the tournament. He was upset that Lindstrom did not tell the coaching staff that he had soreness while warming up in the bullpen.

"I just wish he had said something," Johnson said. "I had conversations with him from day one, if anything is bothering him we have other guys. We can't take the chance. He's done."

After Monday's MRI, Lindstrom was told not to throw for seven to 10 days, the Marlins said. The organization is uncertain whether he'll be ready by Opening Day.

"We had every expectation he is going to be our closer, so that's a big deal to be in this position now," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said at the team's spring training complex in Jupiter. "We're hopeful we will start the season with our closer, but we are not sure. So that's tough."

Lindstrom was promoted to the closer's role last September, and the team acquired for set-up duty right-hander Scott Proctor, who has been slowed in spring training by discomfort in his elbow after undergoing offseason surgery.

If both Lindstrom and Proctor are unavailable, the closer's job becomes wide open.

"It's not where were hoping we'd be as we turn the corner heading into the start of the season," Beinfest said.
The Marlins could be in trouble, here - with such a young rotation, the bullpen will play a tremendous role in their success (or failures).
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Man. This is probably why coaches and managers oppose the WBC play so much. There has been a couple injuries already that could really affect the team. Hopefully Lindstrom can recover well.

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