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Last night during the eighth inning of the game between the Rays and Red Sox second baseman Will Rhymes (of the Rays) came up to bat against the hard-throwing left-handed reliever Franklin Morales. But it was what happened after the at-bat that is still being talked about by all of the major media outlets this morning. Video of the incident is here.
Morales, who throws his fastball anywhere from 93-96 on any given night, missed inside with one of those fastballs, ultimately drilling Rhymes in his right forearm, and square on the bone.
Rhymes felt the pain immediately, however he was able to shake it off long enough to trot down to first base. He would then wave off his manager and training staff, assuring them that he was okay to run. Only, Rhymes wasn't okay to run, or even walk.
After realizing that the adrenaline was wearing off, Rhymes "lost his legs" (not literally, or this would be a bigger story), as you can see in the video at the website above.
After collapsing into the arms of his first base coach, Rays trainers had to come back out to attend to Rhymes. In the process the only laughable moment from this serious incident came, as when asked what his name was, Rhymes replied, "I'm Batman."
Thankfully, after the game Rhymes was found to be okay. X-Rays were negative, and he was left with a badly bruised forearm; however, his sense of humor was unaffected, as seen in this post-game interview.
I always liked Rhymes in Detroit, and I think he got a bad shake, truth be told. I am glad he is okay, and I thought that many of us who remember Will (some having worshiped him) would like to know that he is okay as well.