ST. PETERSBURG A frightening scene unfolded in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night when Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Will Rhymes collapsed beside first base moments after being struck full force by a fastball thrown by Boston reliever Franklin Morales.
But there's good news for Rhymes and the injury-riddled Rays.
Despite fears of a broken bone or perhaps an undetermined problem that caused the 29-year-old infielder to briefly lose consciousness, X-rays came up negative. He does have a nasty swollen contusion on his right forearm, but may only have to sit out a handful of games. All things considered, that's an extremely positive outcome given how bad things looked at the time.
The Rays even held on to beat Boston 2-1 for their fourth straight win, remaining in a first-place tie with Baltimore at 24-14 in the AL East. They scored their first run in the second inning on one of three Red Sox balks and the eventual game-winner in the sixth when Matt Joyce raced home on ...