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Rhymes returns to Rays lineup

Rhymes returns to Rays lineup

Rhymes returns to Rays lineup
ST. PETERSBURG -- After missing the last two games due to bruising and swelling on his arm, Will Rhymes was in the lineup at second base on Saturday against Atlanta.

"Will was expecting to be able to play [on Friday], and he probably could have," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "But [head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield] felt one more day was probably the good thing to do."

Rhymes was hit with a 95-mph pitch by Boston's Franklin Morales on Wednesday. After walking to first base, the 29-year-old collapsed and passed out. He regained consciousness moments later and was carted off the field. Maddon added the team is not concerned about Rhymes' fainting.

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"Ronnie [Porterfield] was just concerned about the bruising and the fact that the bruising could move up," Maddon said. "There's always the danger of a blood clot in moments like that, so Ronnie was just being very vigilant."

Rhymes is batting .283 for Tampa Bay this season with two RBIs in 14 games. He was called up on May 1 to take the place of third baseman Evan Longoria, who has a partially torn left hamstring.

Longoria is on the disabled list with eight other Rays players. Brandon Allen went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte against the Tampa Yankees. Catcher Jose Lobaton also had a rehab start and caught eight innings for Double-A Montgomery in a road game against the Birmingham Barons. He was 0-for-3 with a walk.

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