Will Rhymes on collapse during Rays-Red Sox game: 'My lights went out'

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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.



(USA TODAY) -- Rays infielder Will Rhymes passed out on the field moments after he was struck on the right forearm by a 95-mph fastball Wednesday night during Tampa Bay's 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

But Rhymes is OK, according to the Rays, and said it's likely he passed out due to an "adrenaline rush" after the pain of the hit-by-pitch subsided.

Rhymes, struck by a Franklin Morales pitch in the eighth inning, was examined by trainers after he was struck by the pitch. He then proceeded to first base as the Red Sox changed pitchers.

But during the pitching change, Rhymes came off the bag and bent over at the waist. With first-base coach George Hendrick alongside him, Rhymes keeled over and crumpled to the Tropicana Field turf as Hendrick helped him down.

ESPN cameras appeared to show Rhymes gain consciousness as he lay on the turf. He was helped to a cart by medical personnel and taken from the field.

Scroll down to watch video of the incident.

After the game, Rhymes spoke of becoming dizzy and nauseous after he walked to first.

"You saw the rest. Apparently I didn't get real far," Rhymes said. "My lights went out."

On Morales' fastball, Rhymes said: "Firm. That one was firm. It literally hit me square on the bone. But they say it's one of the strongest bones in the body. Thank God."

Rhymes, 29, signed a minor league contract with the Rays in January and entered Wednesday's game hitting .273 in 13 games. He was released by the Detroit Tigers after the 2011 season.

Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY

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