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Rhymes Faints Moments After Morales Hits Him With Pitch

TAMPA (CBS/AP) – Tampa Bay second baseman Will Rhymes left in the eighth inning of the Rays win over the Red Sox Wednesday night after passing out on the field.

Franklin Morales hit Rhymes near his right elbow with a pitch.  Tampa’s trainers took a brief look at him and he walked to first base as the Red Sox changed pitchers.

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Moments later, Rhymes stepped off first base and bent over.  He gestured that he wanted to come out of the game, took a couple of steps and collapsed into the arms of first base coach George Hendrick.

Trainers worked on Rhymes in the coach’s box before he was assisted to a utility cart and left the field.

The Rays said Rhymes briefly fainted, but that he is fine, remained at the ballpark for X-rays on his arm and was not taken to a hospital.

“He got kind of rubber-legged right there,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

“That stuff hurts. I know it’s in the arm, but that can definitely take your breath away. It was described to me as kind of an adrenalin rush that caused that reaction.”

X-rays on Rhymes’ arm were negative, and he is day to day with a bruised right forearm.

“Scary,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.


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