Healthy Garrett Crochet chips in as White Sox shut out Indians

Crochet touched 99 mph in his Cactus League debut.

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Garrett Crochet pitches against the Indians Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark. (Daryl Van Schouwen)


Saving Crochet for late

While right-hander Michael Kopech is being considered for possible multi-inning relief assignments, manager Tony La Russa said left-hander Garrett Crochet figures to be used in shorter stints ‘‘in the last third of the game.’’

Crochet made his first Cactus League appearance Saturday, and while he didn’t have a strikeout or reach 100 mph — as was his norm when he was dominant last September — he hit 99 mph in a scoreless inning in which he allowed one hit.

Saving the triple digits for later?

‘‘That’s definitely the plan,’’ Crochet said. ‘‘Trying to keep it a secret. But it’s not a very well-kept secret at the moment.

‘‘The arm feels good, so that’s the main takeaway. I felt really good with my off-speed [pitches]. My fastball command wavered a little bit, but for the most part I felt very confident with it.’’

That Crochet felt good was noteworthy, considering he left Game 3 of the American League wild-card series last season against the Athletics with a strained forearm. He said he has felt healthy for most of the offseason.

Sox win!

Reynaldo Lopez (two innings), Crochet (one), Bernardo Flores (three) and Matt Tomshaw (one) combined on a three-hitter as the Sox (1-3-3) earned their first victory of the spring.

Sox power

Leury Garcia homered, Yermin Mercedes roped a three-run double and Luis Robert singled twice, stole a base and scored two runs.

Worth noting

On the backfields, first baseman Gavin Sheets hit two homers against Kopech in live batting practice.

On deck

Rockies at Sox, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Glendale,, ESPN 1000, German Marquez vs. Lucas Giolito. Liam Hendriks and Aaron Bummer are slated to pitch in a ‘‘B’’ game against the Angels.

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