Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier had to leave Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning after gashing his lower lip as he went into the stands at Globe Life Park to catch a Prince Fielder popup.
The ball hit Frazier’s glove but came out as he hit his chin on an armrest and created a gash large enough for him to know to get to the dugout.
In the top of the fourth, he opened with a home run that gave him 10 RBI in the series.
“My momentum took me into the stands, and my head went right into the armrest,” said Frazier, who needed five stitches. “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.”
Carlos Sanchez took over and went 0 for 3. He struck out in the ninth as part of a double play after Sam Dyson had plunked Jose Abreu with the first pitch of the inning.
Afterward, Frazier’s Rangers counterpart was glad to hear that he would be OK.
“I didn’t see everything, but I saw that he dove for the ball and hit his face,” Adrian Beltre said. “He went over for a ball, and he got it. It was going to be a nice play. I’m glad it was nothing serious.”