ARLINGTON -- When third baseman Todd Frazier brazenly dove hard into the stands trying to catch a foul ball Wednesday, then emerged covering his face with his glove and hurrying for the dugout, starting pitcher Mat Latos had the same thought as just about everybody else involved with the White Sox.
"It kind of freaked me out, the way he reacted," said Latos, who got a no-decision as the White Sox fell to the Rangers, 6-5, to drop two of three in Texas. "He comes out of the stands holding his face and he sprints into the dugout. It kind of freaks you out. You don't know if he broke his jaw, something in his eye, something like that. It's a scary moment."
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Frazier needed five stitches on the inside of his lower lip to repair a laceration. He is considered day to day, though he is confident he will play on Friday in New York.
Things were going well for the White Sox before that moment in the bottom of the fourth inning. They had just scored three runs, including a solo homer by Frazier, to go up 4-2.
Minutes later, Frazier, one of the ballclub's most productive hitters at the moment, exited after trying to catch a Prince Fielder popup. The game then slipped away from the White Sox over the next two innings as the Rangers tied it in the fifth and went ahead for good in the sixth.
Frazier made an extraordinary effort on the play, leaping headfirst over a waist-high concrete wall into the second row. The man occupying the nearest seat fell back as Frazier barreled into him and disappeared from view.
After the hard landing, Frazier ran quickly to trainers, who applied pressure to his mouth with a towel and whisked him toward the clubhouse.
"I actually did catch it. I thought I did on the replay, then I ran into a guy, my momentum took me into the stands and my head went right into the armrest," Frazier said. "I basically felt my tongue go through my bottom lip. That was why I just basically ran off as quick as I could. I kind of knew there was a little hole there."
Frazier's solo homer was his 11th of the season. He had gone on a tear recently, hitting .389 (7-for-18) with three homers and 12 RBIs in his previous four games, after batting .191 with 18 RBIs in his first 30 games with Chicago.
In Frazier's place, Carlos Sanchez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout throw-out double play with a runner going in the ninth against Rangers reliever Sam Dyson. Who knows what would have happened if Frazier hadn't left?
"It was one of those unfortunate plays that kind of turned the table for us," Frazier said of his dive into the crowd. "I wish I could have been out there for those last two at-bats because I've seen Dyson before and I hit him really well. I'm not saying I would have hit a home run or nothing, but I like my chances."