Maybe not that gruesome but included for its rarity, the sight of Will Rhymes appearing to faint after being hit by a pitch on his forearm is deeply shocking.
Here is how Ryhmes himself described the incident:
“It all happened so fast,” Rhymes said. “I was looking for a fastball in. He threw a slider. You have to stay in there; you have to stand your ground. As soon as he let it go, I knew it was going to hit me, [but] there was nothing I could do about it.
When it hit me, I was stunned, but I thought, ‘At least it didn’t hit me in the head.’ I thought, ‘I broke my arm, but I’m glad it didn’t kill me.’ It was the first time I’d been hit on that bone. My arm felt dead; it went numb. There was tremendous pain, but I knew there was no one else to run for me. So I stayed in the game. I could run, but I knew I couldn’t throw.
When I got to first, I was angry because I knew my season was over. I was hitting .290. I was playing a lot.
“Then I started getting nauseous. I turned to ‘Cuz’ [first-base coach George Hendrick] and said, ‘I think I’m going to pass out.’ Before I even finished saying that, I had passed out. While I was out, I had a dream; I can’t remember what it was about. When I came [out of it], I was looking at the ceiling of The Trop. It was a really weird effect, looking up at the ceiling.
I came out of the game, my arm was hugely swollen, but it didn’t get all black and blue. It took about 10 days before it felt normal again, but I played two days later. I’ve been hit by 95 before, but not quite like that, in that spot. It is still tender to the touch.”