Adrenaline rush likely caused Will Rhymes' delayed collapse during Rays-Red Sox game

4:30 PM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
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Will Rhymes sits up after he collapses on the field with manager Joe Maddon and the trainer after he got hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field.



St. Petersburg, Florida - It was a scary moment for Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Will Rhymes Wednesday night. In the eighth inning of a game versus the Boston Red Sox, Rhymes was hit in the right forearm by a pitch.

Rhymes was able to stay in the game for a few minutes after being hit, but eventually he passed out, collapsed and was carted off the field.

A local doctor says the delayed reaction was likely the result of an adrenaline rush.

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"You may not feel the full effects of (something like this) until you get your breath and sometimes it takes just a few seconds for it to register," said Dr. Dan Stahl, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon with Tampa General Hospital and the Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

In Rhymes' case, it was actually a few minutes, after he had gone to first base.

"These are professional athletes. There's a tight game and so there's a lot of adrenaline going on and certainly that can overcome some of the ... immediate pain that he was feeling and can cause it to be a little delayed like that."

Scroll down to watch video of the incident.

Surprisingly Rhymes says he did not break a bone and his forearm is only bruised.  However, the Rays are still listing Rhymes as day to day.

"It's a dangerous game. You'd be surprised what can actually happen out on the field so we're thankful he's OK and hopefully he can get back soon," Rays teammate Matt Joyce said.

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