It was an eerie moment to see and hear when the ball hit his arm with a sound similar to that of a broken bat. You could clearly see the stitching from the ball imprinted into his forearm. Initially, Rhymes was visited on the field by the Rays training staff and manager Joe Maddon. It appeared that he was going to remain in the game and continue playing.
Then it got really scary inside Tropicana Field.
Rhymes turned towards the Rays dugout from first base and motioned that he was not going to be able to continue. By the time he could make it to where first-base coach George Hendrick was standing, he began to collapse and then appeared to pass out as Hendrick attempted to hold him up (Video can be seen here—h/t Cork Gaines and Rays Index.)
He would eventually regain consciousness and was carted off the field.
Marc Topkin, Rays beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times, tweeted some good news after the game:
#Rays say x-rays negative on Rhymes, has a bruise, is considered day to day.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 17, 2012
Rhymes is in his first season with the Rays and has batted .273 in 13 games this season. He was called up from Triple-A Durham on May 1, after third baseman Evan Longoria was placed on the disabled list.
Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.