ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara lost a battle with the right-field wall Friday night, but lived to fight another day.Mazara had an ice pack on his left knee after the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the White Sox as the result of crashing into the wall on Nicky Delmonico's inside-the-park
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara lost a battle with the right-field wall Friday night, but lived to fight another day.
Mazara had an ice pack on his left knee after the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the White Sox as the result of crashing into the wall on Nicky Delmonico's inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning. A post-game examination by Dr. Keith Meister revealed no structural damage to the knee.
"I'm OK," Mazara said. "When I jumped and got down, my leg locked a little and I felt something I've never felt before. I didn't want to get up. I was scared, but thank God everything is fine."
It was a scary moment for the Rangers. The Rangers' two other outfielders and all four infielders joined manager Jeff Banister and trainer Kevin Harmon on the warning track to check out Mazara.
"Looked like when he came down, maybe the foot came out from underneath him, a little hyper-extension," Banister said. "Don't think it's much of a concern at this point. ... I say that cautiously. He felt good enough to continue to play."
The play came leading off the eighth inning in a 3-3 game. Delmonico, who already had hit a home run earlier in the game, launched a drive to deep right field. Mazara went back and tried for a leaping catch, but the ball soared just beyond his glove.
Both the ball and Mazara hit the wall hard. The ball caromed back toward the infield while Mazara went down on the warning track.
"I knew right away it was my knee, on the outside part, but I didn't want to get up because it was hurting," Mazara said. "I sat down, and it was calming down and I was able to finish the game. Banister asked me three times if I'm OK and I told him, 'Yeah, I feel fine right now.' I told him I was able to finish the game."
While Mazara was trying to make sure he was all right, Delmonico was able to circle the bases for a home run before second baseman Rougned Odor could retrieve the ball.
"Obviously a ball that deep, you don't expect it to bounce back that far," Banister said. "However, it did, and we didn't have anybody playing there."
Center fielder Delino DeShields is the backup on the play, but Banister didn't fault him.
"Should he have been over there? He should have been moving that way," Banister said. "But It would have been a challenge. That ball was deep in the corner."
The Rangers will be all right if Mazara recovers without any issues.
"It depends on how I wake up," Mazara said. "If I feel sore or anything, we are going to check it out."
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.