May 16, 2012

Will Rhymes hit by pitch, later collapses

by Aaron Giddens

During the bottom of the 8th of tonight's Rays game with the Red Sox, Will Rhymes took a ball to his forearm and it sounded like a bat breaking. Obviously, Will was in a lot of pain as the trainer and Joe looked him over and it was ultimately decided that Will would try to stay in, after that a pitching change took place for the Sox. When we come back from commercial, Will motioned towards the dugout he's done. He then passes out with George Hendrick catching him. Will eventually regained consciousness enough to get on to the golf cart and be carted out. Updates will follow on his condition. In the mean time, here's video of the incident.

Someone needs to pay. Not necessarily by being hit by a pitch but definitely the Red Sox deserve to lose every game remaining with us this season. Intentional HBP or not.

[UPDATE, 11:18pm]: Marc Topkin reports that X-Ray's were negative for any breaks or fractures. Just a horrible bruise. Certainly good news. Also, Joe Maddon said in his post-game interview that the cause of the faint is assumed to be an adrenaline rush caused by temporary lack of blood flow to the head. Will is considered day-to-day.


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