White Sox have good injury news on Garrett Crochet, who won’t need surgery

There’s finally an update on Garrett Crochet. And it’s good news for the White Sox.

Crochet, who dropped his jaws as he rose from a Major League bullpen just a few months after his draft in an incredibly effective support job with a flashing fastball just months after his draft, was removed after spending a week and a half in Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series only faced two rackets before. The White Sox that day were said to be walking with “Left Forearm Tight,” a frightening string of words that often preceded Tommy John’s surgery.

But General Manager Rick Hahn posted an update on Monday that should make it easier for White Sox fans to breathe. Crochet has a flexion load, but nothing wrong with his UCL, the ligament that needs repairing during Tommy John’s surgery. He is expected to be fine within a few weeks and to start spring training in February.

“That was of course a bit scary for all of us, like any pitcher who feels uncomfortable somewhere in his arm,” said Hahn. “All in all, this is probably as good a result as we hoped it would be.”

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This is obviously good news for the White Sox, quite a weapon in hand in Crochet, who made five bullpen relief appearances in the last 10 regular season games before making a brief postseason appearance on White Sox day had been eliminated. He blinded with a fastball that often reached 101 mph on the radar cannon.

All the more impressive is that he did what he did against the Major League hitters – he recorded six goalless innings and hit eight of the 22 thugs he faced after making just one start before his college season due to the COVID-19 has set pandemic and will turn pro in a year with no minor league games.

The White Sox haven’t quite decided what to do next for Crochet. Hahn said on Monday that the team still sees him as a starting pitcher in the long term. But it would be nice to keep him as part of the relief corps after what he was able to show in some dominant missions in September.

“What’s the best way to get him as a starter to meet this limit? We need to discuss that,” said Hahn. “There’s an argument for having it as part of a multi-inning relief next year as we move on to stepping up that workload. If there’s a normal minor league season next year, and hopefully there is, maybe send him to one of the partners and let him work every fifth day and maybe at this point still let him get out of the bullpen in the big leagues to cope with his workload after the shortened year 2020.

“We consider him a powerful starter, but we can’t ignore what he looked like when he got out of the bullpen either.”

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