Rays Roundup: Rhymes OK After Fainting

In today's edition of Rays Roundup: Will Rhymes is doing fine after a scary fainting episode last night, the Rays acquire career minor league player Rich Thompson from the Phillies to add outfield depth, Brandon Guyer becomes the ninth Rays player to hit the disabled list and former Indians first baseman Ryan Garko is now in the Rays organization.

INSIDE PITCH

Rhymes OK after fainting on field

Will Rhymes said he felt lucky after a scary incident in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Red Sox in which he collapsed and passed out on the field after being struck on the right forearm by a pitch.

"Extremely lucky," Rhymes said.

Rhymes assumed the worst when he was hit by the pitch.

"It literally hit me as hard on the bone, pretty much, as you can be hit. I was like, 'That's broken,'" he said. "I'm shocked (X-rays were negative)."

He may be out a few days waiting for the bruise to heal, but it looked a lot worse after he got down to first base.

Rhymes thought he was fine but quickly realized he didn't feel well. He took a few steps toward the dugout, then fainted, the result of what the Rays said later was an adrenaline rush. Rhymes came to a few moments later and was taken off the field on a cart.

The incident was the latest in a string of injuries that have affected the Rays.

"It's pouring right now," manager Joe Maddon said. "But our guys, we've got the umbrellas up. We're doing OK."


NOTES, QUOTES

Rays acquire minor league vet Thompson for outfield depth

--OF Rich Thompson, a 33-year-old who has spent most of his 13 professional seasons in the minors, was acquired from the Phillies and made his first big-league appearance since 2004. The Rays needed outfield depth, specifically someone who could play center field, after putting OF Brandon Guyer on the disabled list with a strained shoulder. "I've always felt like I was good enough to get back to the big leagues," Thompson said. "Now I'm here."

Thompson appeared in six games for Kansas City in 2004, going 0-for-1. He entered Wednesday's game as a pinch runner. He was hitting .307 with seven steals in 29 games this season for Class AAA Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies got minor league OF Kyle Hudson in the deal. Hudson, 25, was hitting .291 for Class AAA Durham.

--OF Brandon Guyer became the ninth Rays player on the disabled list. He is sidelined due to soreness in his left shoulder he first felt while taking batting practice over the weekend. He doesn't believe it's serious, but, still, "It's never fun," he said. The DL move was backdated to May 13.

--RHP Jeff Niemann (broken right fibula) was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for newly acquired OF Rich Thompson. That means Niemann, who sustained a fractured right leg in Monday's game, can't be activated before July 15.

--RHP Jeremy Hellickson worked six solid innings for the win, and he became the first Rookie of the Year to go 4-0 as a starter the year after winning the award.

--RHP Fernando Rodney converted his 12th save in 12 chances, and 18 of his 19 outings have been scoreless. In the other, he allowed one earned run.

--1B Ryan Garko, who last played in the majors in 2010 for Texas, signed a minor league deal with the Rays, and he will join Class AA Montgomery. Garko, 31, had hit .450 with four homers and 16 RBI in 16 games this season for Long Island (Central Islip, N.Y.) of the independent Atlantic League.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 -- Games over .500 for the Rays at 24-14, one shy of their season high.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's almost like day in and day out there's something going on. Non-stop. It's unreal." -- CF B.J. Upton, on the Rays' string of injuries.


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