BASEBALL — 17 May 2012

A scary situation arose Wednesday moments after Tampa Bay RaysWill Rhymes was struck in the arm by a pitch. Rhymes‘ legs fell limp as he collapsed in the hands of George Hendrick.

At the time, it was frightening as nobody knew what had happened. The ball hit him in the arm, not the head or neck. Was he going into shock? Did the bruise cause a circulatory problem? Likely it was a rush of adrenaline that caused him to faint.

”He got kind of rubber-legged right there,” Joe Maddon commented. ”That stuff hurts. I know it’s in the arm, but that can definitely take your breath away. It was described to me as kind of an adrenalin rush that caused that reaction.”

 

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