Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 months ago

Archer (abdomen) will toss another bullpen session Monday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer stated that he was "highly encouraged" by Friday's 20-pitch session and felt great Saturday morning. The right-hander remains optimistic that he will be able to return in early July, but that will depend on his progression over the next week. Look for Archer to begin a rehab assignment in the near future if all goes well during Monday's session.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 months ago

Archer (abdomen) completed a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer was limited to fastballs and will throw another session Monday if he avoiding any setbacks from Friday's session. The 29-year-old will likely require a multi-game rehab assignment as well and seems unlikely to return during the first week of July.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 months ago

Archer (abdomen) threw from 120 feet on Wednesday at Tropicana Field, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander continues to build toward resuming his bullpen sessions, with Friday the current targeted restart date. Archer suffered a setback after a bullpen nine days ago, which short-circuited plans for him to pitch in a simulated game the following day. If Archer is able to get through Friday's session without setbacks, he could potentially begin what is expected to be a multi-game rehab assignment, but he's likely to need at least one more bullpen before taking that step.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 months ago

Archer (abdominal) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer suffered a minor setback after a bullpen session last week, but the soreness he experienced has apparently subsided and he's ready to resume mound work. Even if Friday's bullpen is a success, however, manager Kevin Cash said the right-hander is still likely several weeks away from returning given he'll need to make multiple rehab starts.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 months ago

Archer (abdomen) suffered a setback Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has been feeling soreness for the last two days while recovering from his abdominal strain. He was set to throw a simulated game Monday, but that plan is now on hold. The extent of his setback has not yet been made clear.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 months ago

Archer (abdomen) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer reportedly threw his fastball, slider and changeup without experiencing any pain. He's slated to throw live batting practice Tuesday, and it's possible that he could be activated from the disabled list in time for Tampa Bay's next road trip (starting June 14 against the Yankees) if all goes well, per Topkin. Another update on Archer's progress should become available following Tuesday's throwing session.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
4 months ago

Archer (abdomen) is expected to resume a throwing program over the weekend but will likely miss two turns through the rotation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "The main thing now is I need to rest...[It's] just wear and tear. I've been doing this for a long time without stopping," Archer said Tuesday, regarding his placement on the 10-day disabled list. "I think my body is just telling me maybe you need to slow down for 7-to-10 days and hopefully pick right back up where I left off.''

EDGE Analysis

Archer exited his previous start Saturday with what was initially diagnosed as a groin injury before an MRI on Monday revealed he sustained a left abdominal strain. The Rays shifted him to the DL a day later and appear prepared to proceed without him for slightly longer than the 10-day minimum, assuming Archer incurs no setbacks once he begins throwing again. To cover for Archer's absence, Wilmer Font is slated to start Friday's game against the Mariners, but long reliever Matt Andriese will piggyback him in the outing and is expected to cover the bulk of the innings in that contest.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
4 months ago

Archer (groin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer visited Dr. William Meyers on Monday, and after further evaluation, it was determined he'll require a stint on the disabled list. He was scheduled to make his next start over the weekend against Seattle, but Archer won't be eligible to come off the DL until June 15. It's unclear if he'll be forced to miss more than the minimum. Diego Castillo has been recalled from Triple-A Durham to replace Tampa Bay's ace.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
4 months ago

Archer (groin) was slated to visit with core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

An update on the outcome of the evaluation may be available Tuesday, at which point Archer's chances of taking the mound for his next scheduled start against the Mariners would also become clearer. The right-hander's early exit from a start versus Seattle last Saturday due to groin tightness was cause for alarm, especially considering how integral the core muscles are to the effectiveness of a power pitcher such as Archer.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
4 months ago

Archer (groin) said Sunday that it's "questionable" if he'll be able to make his next scheduled start in the Rays' series with the Mariners during the upcoming weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer experienced groin tightness during his abbreviated start Saturday against the Mariners, lasting just five innings and surrendered two runs on seven hits and two walks to take the loss in the outing. With Archer reporting limited improvement a day after suffering the injury, it's not looking promising that he'll be able to take the hill on his normal rest. Before the Rays formally reach a decision on Archer's status, he'll meet with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday for an MRI, which should shed more light on the extent of Archer's setback.