Tampa Bay Rays infielder Will Rhymes said he felt lucky after a scary incident in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in which he collapsed and passed out on the field after being struck on the right forearm by a pitch.
"Extremely lucky," Rhymes said.
Rhymes assumed the worst when he was hit by the pitch.
"It literally hit me as hard on the bone, pretty much, as you can be hit. I was like, 'That's broken,'" he said. "I'm shocked (X-rays were negative)."
He may be out a few days waiting for the bruise to heal, but it looked a lot worse after he got down to first base.
Rhymes thought he was fine but quickly realized he didn't feel well. He took a few steps toward the dugout, then fainted, the result of what the Rays said later was an adrenaline rush. Rhymes came to a few moments later and was taken off the field on a cart.
The incident was the latest in a string of injuries that have affected the Rays.
"It's pouring right now," manager Joe Maddon said. "But our guys, we've got the umbrellas up. We're doing OK."