Rays give Will Rhymes day off

Updated: May 17, 2012, 6:09 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Will Rhymes is not in the lineup and has been given the day off after he was hit on the right arm with a pitch and then passed out during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales, who threw the pitch that hit Rhymes, was visibly upset after the game and sent Rhymes a text message to apologize.

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AP Photo/Chris O'MearaThe training staff tends to Will Rhymes after he collapsed at first base Wednesday. Rhymes was alert and carted off after 10 minutes.

"He texted me and I really appreciated it," Rhymes said. "I texted him back and told him, look it's part of the game. I appreciate the concern and him feeling bad, but it's part of the game and I'm going to be totally fine. No worries."

X-rays taken at the ballpark Wednesday came back negative and Rhymes said he's still surprised he did not break a bone.

"I'm still surprised that it wasn't fractured and I'm really fortunate it's not worse than it was," Rhymes said. "Obviously, when I went down, it was kind of a weird thing. My body just shut down. I don't know why. I was feeling really good and I wanted to stay in and run. I felt confident I could stay in and run; turns out I couldn't. At least it happened when it did and not when I was trying to get to third or something."

Despite some swelling in his arm, he was hoping to be back on the field Thursday but the medical staff thought it best for him to "hang loose" for the day.

"I'm fine," he said. "I'm just a little out of it."

He watched the replay when he got home Wednesday night.

"It's hard to watch," he said.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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