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Lindstrom joins D-backs for Monday's opener

Lindstrom joins D-backs for Monday's opener

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Lindstrom joins D-backs for Monday's opener
PHOENIX -- Arriving at Chase Field just in time for pregame workouts, D-backs reliever Matt Lindstrom was in an Arizona uniform for the first Monday, a day after being traded from Baltimore in exchange for Joe Saunders.

"I'm excited to move on and to get going with this new team," Lindstrom said. "I have some friends on this team. I've faced these guys before and I knew they had a good mix of young players in this clubhouse. I'm just looking to fit in."

Lindstrom, who posted a 2.72 ERA in 36 1/3 innings with the Orioles this season, is playing for the fifth organization in his five-year career, but the 32-year-old Idaho native is hoping to stick in Arizona.

"We all know when you're in the bullpen it can be volatile sometimes, also I keep reminding myself this team wanted me, they are filling needs," he said. "I'm just looking forward to meshing with the guys in the bullpen and contributing anyway I can."

Lindstrom played last season with the Rockies, an experience he thinks will help him in his return to the National League West.

"It'll serve me well," he said. "I want to get my work in and do what I can. I've pitched in these parks before, not going out there surprised with the different venues. I know there are a couple hitters' parks and a couple pitchers' parks. I like it out here better anyways."

Even though he has only recorded two saves since 2010, Lindstrom has 45 in his career and has filled multiple roles in the bullpen.

"I have some closing experience, I like throwing in the setup role, too, but it doesn't matter to me," he said. "I know it's cliche, but I just want to help the team win. Hopefully I can provide a little shot in the arm. I know from last year in Colorado what these guys did. It was very impressive and I think we can get back to that."

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