Archer Feels Good After Bullpen Session
The Tampa Bay Rays are still hovering around the .500 mark despite battling the injury bug. This week the offense got a boost with the return of outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and infielder Daniel Robertson. They hope to have Chris Archer back to help reinforce the pitching staff.
Kiermaier had missed 57 games with a torn ligament in his right thumb. In his absence the Rays went 30-27. Robertson missed 10 game with a strained hamstring and the Rays were 5-5 in those games.
Chris Archer has been on the disabled list since June 5th (retroactive to June 3rd) with a left abdominal strain. Entering Sunday’s game, he had missed 19 games and Tampa Bay has an 8-11 record in those games.
The Rays pitching staff could use another healthy starter as they have been without Archer and also Jake Faria since May 23rd .
On Fridan Archer threw a 20-pitch bullpen session at Tropicana Field. It was his first ‘pen session since experiencing discomfort in his last attempt 13 days prior.
On Saturday Archer said the bullpen went really well and he expect the progression to continue. “We have a rough outline, most of it’s in pencil, though.” He hopes to throw another bullpen Monday.
He isn’t sure of a specific date of return but hopes that he is back in early July. A lot of the return depends on staying pain free as well as the Rays determining how built up they want him to be prior to his return. Kevin Cash did not discount the idea that Archer could return before being fully built up and pair him with an opener.
Other Injury Notes:
Jake Faria also threw about 25-pitches on Friday evening and should throw another bullpen Monday. He’s eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on July 22nd.
In other Rays injury news, Yonny Chirinos has landed on the 7-day disabled list in Durham with shoulder stiffness.