Frazier OK after scare, enjoying trip home

White Sox 3B back in action despite needing 5 stitches in lip, feeling the love in Toms River

Frazier OK after scare, enjoying trip home

NEW YORK -- Todd Frazier has a great deal to celebrate.

He entered Friday's series opener at Yankee Stadium with six hits, three homers and 10 RBIs over his last three games. He also spent Thursday's off-day in his hometown of Toms River, N.J., which is a little over a one-hour drive from work.

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And most important, Frazier was ready to go despite leaving Wednesday's contest in Texas in the fourth inning after going face-first into an armrest while chasing Prince Fielder's foul ball and needing five stitches. Frazier knows the scenario could have played out much worse.

"Yeah, very fortunate. Shoot man, I could have my jaw wired shut. You never know," the White Sox third baseman said. "I was worried about my teeth, and the next morning I woke up and have a bruise under my chin, and my head I didn't feel yet. That's what happens. You play hard.

"I'm trying to get every ball on defense, and the pitchers know. A lot of them came by me and said, 'Thanks for putting the effort in,' and I appreciate that a lot, because to win a game sometimes is harder than you think. Make a big play there, Prince Fielder doesn't get a double and maybe we win that game. You just never know what situation comes up and helps you during the game."

Frazier's solo homer

Frazier's mother has been calling him "Louie the Lip" due to the swelling from the injury, and he had friends and family members checking on him Thursday. He played a little kick ball with his son, nieces and nephews and enjoyed time in the city where he first found baseball glory as part of the 1998 Little League World Series champions.

"We had our 10-year reunion like [eight] years ago," Frazier said. "I told them I'm throwing the next party in 2018. It'll be fun. A lot of guys are doing different things. We had two guys sign up in the Minors but eventually get released. They're doing great, most of the guys I talk to.

"My high school [Toms River South] just won their division yesterday. I didn't go to the game, but they're hitting me up, asking me for advice and videos and stuff like that. They're all coming on Sunday. They've got a couple busloads of Little Leaguers coming on Sunday.

"You'll hear them in the outfield screaming and yelling," Frazier said. "It's great to see the people at home, just driving by. I went to get a bagel at home yesterday, and people were like, 'Hey man, how you doing?' It's a good feeling, and it's a baseball town, so they root for their guys."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.