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Will Rhymes Collapses: Rays 2B Passes Out After Hit By Pitch, Carted Off Field (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated: 05/17/2012 1:15 am

Will Rhymes
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, kneeling at right, watches as the training staff tends to Will Rhymes after he collapsed at first base on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

The Rays-Red Sox game on Wednesday night took a scary turn in the eighth inning when Tampa Bay's Will Rhymes collapsed on the field shortly after getting hit in the arm by a pitch from Boston's Franklin Morales.

Morales' fastball nailed Rhymes in the right arm, causing the second baseman to immediately lose his footing and fall down in pain. Manager Joe Maddon and a trainer ran onto the field to attend to him and Rhymes eventually walked to first.

Once Rhymes got to first, he gestured to the coaching staff that he wanted to come out. Then he took a few steps and collapsed, falling into the arms of first base coach George Hendrick.

The 29-year-old remained down for several minutes before finally moving on his own. He sat up slowly as the medical staff attended to him and was eventually carted off the field.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that Rhymes was okay and when he was asked a simple question like who he was, he responded saying, "Batman."

"I felt fine. I was all there but when I got to first, I started getting real dizzy and nauseous," Rhymes said in the locker room after the game. "That's when I started walking off and, apparently I didn't get real far."

Marc Topkin
Rhymes said he feels lucky nothing worse happened. When medical staff asked usual questions like who he was, he said "Batman"


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