Rhymes feeling better today; now about rooming with Niemann
Rays INF Will Rhymes said he felt surprisingly better than expected the day after the painful and scary incident where he hit on the right forearm by a pitch and then passed out at first base.
"I feel pretty good today; I was a little nauseous this morning and stuff,'' he said. "The arm actually feels pretty good surprisingly. I took all the wraps off this morning expecting to see something out of a horror movie but it wasn't that bad. ... Obviously it's swollen. I look kind of jacked, so this could be a good thing.''
Though he won't play tonight, and was not allowed to do any baseball activities by the athletic training staff, Rhymes said he is "pretty optimistci" about being back on the field Friday.
Rhymes said he appreciated all the concern expressed by people, including Boston pitcher Franklin Morales, who texted him last night.
Rhymes is staying with former high school and youth league teammate Jeff Niemann, and said they got home to watch the replay of the game.
"We turned the TV on literally the pitch before it happened so didn't really have time to look away,'' Rhymes said. "I kind of wanted to see it. I know it hit me square, obviously I was there. It's hard to watch.''
Rhymes joked about the living arrangements, given that Niemann is on crutches after breaking his right leg in Monday's game.
"It's a cursed house,'' he said. "We've got to get online and find somebody to come over there and take the hex off. He's yelling at me to try to let the dog out because he can't get down stairs, he's trying to carry stuff for me. It's not a good situation.''