"I thought it was broken," said Dye, who went down in a heap of pain upon contact. "I couldn't even squeeze Hermie's hand at the time."
The White Sox and the right fielder are grateful that his snap diagnosis was off the mark. Dye suffered a bruise on the top of his left hand, with X-rays being negative. Dye listed himself as day-to-day and hopes to return after an absence of just a couple of games.
"Once the bruising gets out of there and the swelling goes down," Dye said of his plan for a return.
Getting nailed by the pitch actually helped the White Sox rally from a 9-1 deficit and cut the lead to 9-5. Paul Konerko drew a walk to load the bases following Dye's mishap, and A.J. Pierzynski launched his seventh career grand slam on the first pitch from Mendoza.
Dye would have chosen a far less painful way to keep the rally going.
"J.D. is fine, thank God," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of his right fielder, hitting .289 with six home runs and 13 RBIs while playing stellar defense.
"So lucky," said Dye, who credits taking his left hand off the bat as the move that saved him from more serious damage. "After we got up here [in the clubhouse], Hermie said try to squeeze it again even though it was painful, and I did. I didn't have a tingly feeling, so that was good. They X-rayed it and ... negative."
With Dye joining Dewayne Wise and Brian Anderson on the list of injured outfielders, look for Brent Lillibridge and Scott Podsednik to get the start alongside Carlos Quentin for Sunday night's finale at Rangers Ballpark.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.