Last season was a mixed bag of results for Todd Frazier. On the good side of the ledger; he set career highs in home runs, walk rate, runs scored and RBI. On the bad side of the ledger; a career-worst batting average and strikeout rate. Those two normally go hand in hand, but throw in a career-high flyball rate and the poor guy never had much of a chance to hit for a good average. He pulled a lot of flyballs on his way to 40 home runs, with a high HR/FB ratio helping -- he only hit 21 doubles, making his 2015 total of 43 doubles look like an outlier. The steals from the third baseman help offset the damage from his batting average, and if he manages to make more consistent contact and hit near the league average, Frazier could return to among the fantasy elite.
Frazier went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Frazier got a late start to game action due to an oblique injury that shelved him for two weeks. The benefit of the downtime was that it gave his sprained left index finger -- which he aggravated while lifting weights -- time to heal. Now that he's fully healthy, Frazier can work on getting his swing in shape and squaring up the ball. If he's not traded, and that's a real possibility for a veteran on a rebuilding club, Frazier will be Chicago's everyday third baseman.
Frazier (oblique) will man third base and bat in the cleanup spot in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Brewers. Frazier strained his left oblique early in spring training and has been eased along slowly, but after resuming baseball activities a little less than two weeks ago, he's finally feeling well enough to take the field. It's not expected that Frazier will play a full nine innings Wednesday, but his return to the lineup indicates that the oblique issue is probably behind him.
Frazier (oblique) could return to game action Wednesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Manager Rick Renteria says the slugger has made good progress over the last three days, a great sign for the White Sox going forward. Frazier, out since February, has been steadily progressing through regular baseball activities and seems to be on the right track as spring camp continues. The Sox host the Brewers in Cactus League action on Wednesday.
Frazier (oblique) could return to game action next week, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Frazier has begun to participate in baseball-related activities, hitting and taking grounders, but the White Sox are proceeding with caution. There's still about month left in camp, which should be plenty of time for Frazier to get his timing down.
Frazier (oblique) said he felt good after he participated in batting practice and took grounders Wednesday, but told Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com there's still no timetable for his return. Frazier made it sound like the club is being overly cautious with his injury because they can be during the preseason. "If it was during the season I'm sure there would be a timetable," said Frazier. "But we have a whole other month so we have plenty of time." Several players have been filling in at third base with Frazier sidelined, including Matt Davidson, who started Wednesday's game against Arizona.