Archer lasted 4.1 innings Saturday, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out seven. He didn't factor into the decision in Tampa Bay's blowout win. The Rays delivered a deluge of runs in the later innings that locked up a victory long after Archer had exited. The erratic righty failed to finish five innings for the second straight assignment, laboring with just 59 strikes on 93 pitches. On the bright side, he induced 16 swinging strikes, allowing him to supplement his line via the strikeout column. This was also just his second start since returning from a stint on the disabled list due to an abdominal strain, so perhaps he's rusty. Archer will carry a 4.29 ERA into the second half yet still has hope for a notable turnaround if his 8.9 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 can push him more toward his 3.79 FIP.
Archer (abdomen) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks across 3.1 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Tigers. He struck out three. He threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of 18 batters and induced 11 swinging strikes in his first start in five weeks. Archer struggled in the third inning, when he allowed three runs on three hits and a walk, running up his pitch count before his removal with one out in the fourth. Despite the rough outing, Archer was able to build up his pitch count to 78 after throwing just 54 pitches in his lone rehab start, so he could approach 100 pitches in his next scheduled turn this weekend against the Twins.
Archer (abdomen) was officially activated from the 10-day disabled list in advance of Monday's start against the Tigers, Juan Toribio of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports. He is set for a two-start week, with another start on tap this weekend in Minnesota. Archer logged four no-hit innings, striking out seven for High-A Charlotte in his lone rehab start. He only threw 54 pitches in that outing, so he will likely be on a pitch count in his first start back.
Archer (abdomen) will return from the disabled list to start Monday's game against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Manager Kevin Cash confirmed Archer for Monday's contest, and he will likely be limited to about 75 pitches. The 29-year-old has been on the disabled list since June 5 with an abdominal strain, and had a 4.24 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 76.1 innings prior to the injury.
Archer (abdomen) tossed four innings during a rehab start with High-A Charlotte on Tuesday and may return to the Rays' rotation Monday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said that Archer felt good following the minor-league outing, during which the right-hander allowed just one baserunner on a walk and struck out seven over four scoreless frames. It seems the tentative plan is for Archer to take the hill against Detroit on Monday, though he would likely be on some sort of restricted pitch count.