"Right when it hit, I was thinking that's got to be broken," Rhymes said. "That's as hard as you can take a ball off that particular bone. I felt like he had just gotten me square. The way it felt I thought it was broken."
After being examined by the trainers, Rhymes walked to first base, but while standing on the bag, the second baseman pointed to his chest and motioned to the dugout saying he needed to come out. As Rhymes walked off the field, he collapsed into the arms of first-base coach George Hendrick.
A hushed crowd watched as Rhymes stayed prone on the field and was surrounded by the team's medical and coaching staff. He regained consciousness, and after a few minutes, he was taken off the field on a medical cart.
"At first, I just didn't have time to tell him what I was feeling," Rhymes said. "I just looked in the dugout and motioned that I needed to come out, because my eyes crossed a couple of times and I got really nauseous. That's why I kind of went down. ... Then it was just lights out completely. I saw the replay later. I thought I was just out for a split second."
Rhymes regretted all the attention the episode received.
"I guess it was on ESPN, social media, I guess it was all over," said Rhymes. "I feel bad for my family and my friends who were watching. What happened looked really bad, but it's not that big of a deal. My body just shut down. I think it's just something that happens sometimes when you get massive blood flow to one area. My body just shut down."
Rhymes was not fully dressed out when the Rays took batting practice Thursday, and he wore an elastic sleeve over the spot where he got hit.
"I wanted to do some baseball activity today, but they didn't want me to, because extra blood flow might cause some more swelling," said Rhymes, who brought out the Rays' lineup card to home plate Thursday. "Kind of try not to do anything today except pinch-run if I have to. Try to kind of give it a day to calm down."
Manager Joe Maddon said he didn't expect Rhymes to be out too long.