The Chicago White Sox made a roster announcement right before putting out their (putrid) starting lineup on Thursday afternoon. Luis Robert was activated from the injured list after clearing the COVID protocol from flu-like symptoms. They also called up Danny Mendick to be the 27th man that is allowed for doubleheaders. The bad news of it all is that Garrett Crochet replaced Robert on the injured list with an upper back strain.
The Chicago White Sox are going to miss Garrett Crochet while he is out.
That is not the best news to hear right now as this team needs all of the healthy arms they can get. Luckily for them, Tony La Russa confirmed that it is mostly precautionary and they hope he is ready to return right when the ten days are up. Crochet has been great for the White Sox so far in his young career and is only going to get better.
Crochet is unfairly credited with an 0-2 record but only has a 1.00 ERA, eight strikeouts, and one hold over eight relief appearances so far this season. He is going to be a great weapon for this team as the season goes along and as he develops into a starting pitcher.
The nice thing about this is that Robert is coming back. He isn’t in the starting lineup for the first game for whatever reason but he is available off the bench. He should also be in the starting lineup for the second game of the straight doubleheader.
Mendick has had a really nice start to the season as well so it is nice to see him get a chance for the day. No matter what he does will probably get him sent down after the day is over but that isn’t here nor there.
Hopefully, Crochet recovers from the back strain quickly and is able to come back better than ever. When he is in the middle of the bullpen they have an opportunity to be great. It hasn’t been perfect to start the season but there is a lot of optimism surrounding this group.