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August 6, 2020 03:04 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Not throwing yet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Archer (shoulder) remains at his offseason home in California and is focusing on regaining his range of motion and strength, Adam Berry of reports.

The Pirates will continue to check in with Archer periodically over the next two months while he recovers from season-ending thoracic outlet syndrome, but he'll likely be on his own in the rehab process come November, when Pittsburgh will almost certainly decline his $11 million team option for 2021. Even if his recovery from surgery proceeds as anticipated, the two-time All-Star will likely have to settle for a low-cost, one- or two-year deal after posting a 5.19 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 2019.

June 30, 2020 11:32 AM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Hits IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day injured list Monday.

He will miss the entire season after undergoing surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Chad Kuhl and Steven Brault (shoulder) appear to be the top two options to win the fifth starter's spot.

June 3, 2020 01:40 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Out for '20 with thoracic outlet surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer underwent surgery Tuesday to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome and has been ruled out for the 2020 season.

Archer wasn't known to be dealing with any physical concerns during spring training before MLB suspended its season in mid-March, so the assumption is that his thoracic outlet symptoms are related to the right shoulder discomfort he experienced last August. The Pirates are optimistic that Archer will make a full recovery from surgery before the 2021 season, but his rehab will be worth tracking throughout the winter and during spring training next year. It's possible that Archer could find himself in a different uniform next season, as his contract contains a pricey $11 million team option for 2021 that the Pirates could buy out for just $250,000.

March 7, 2020 12:24 AM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Tastes Grapefruit League success
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer hurled two scoreless innings in his spring training debut Friday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four against Toronto, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Archer was not only encouraged by his results, but also by his health. "I felt really good about what I accomplished today," he said. "Most importantly, I walked away healthy. I'm really happy about that." The righty had previously been bothered by neck tightness. He's in competition with Joe Musgrove for the team's Opening Day assignment in Tampa Bay on March 26.

March 6, 2020 08:44 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Confirmed for Friday start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's spring game against the Blue Jays, according to Adam Berry of

It was announced Thursday that Archer would take the ball Friday for the first time this spring, and the Pirates' lineup reveals he will do just that. Given he's a couple weeks behind his fellow starters, It's unlikely Archer goes more than a inning or two in Friday's contest.

March 5, 2020 08:20 AM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Spring debut set for Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) is scheduled to make his spring debut Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

It has been nearly two weeks since Archer was scratched with a stiff neck, but he is now on the verge of taking the ball for the first time this spring. While he is a bit behind the rest of his fellow starting pitchers, the Pirates have not ruled him out for Opening Day.

March 4, 2020 10:00 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Guidance expected soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates are expected to have a decision on how they are going to proceed with Archer (neck) on Thursday or Friday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Manager Derek Shelton gave no update on Archer following his throwing of live batting practice Monday. The team has already lost one potential starter, Steven Brault (shoulder), for an undetermined amount of time. Archer still has time to begin the season in the starting rotation, provided he returns within the next week.

March 4, 2020 03:16 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Fares well during live BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Archer's (neck) live batting practice session went well Monday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Pittsburgh hasn't laid out the next step for Archer just yet, but he'll presumably be included on the team's pitching schedule over the weekend or early next week. If Archer can avoid any further setbacks with his neck, he should have enough time to prepare for a potential Opening Day starting assignment.

March 1, 2020 03:16 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Live BP on tap Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) will throw live batting practice Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Archer was scratched from his scheduled start last Monday due to neck tightness, but his quick return to mound work indicates it's not a serious concern. A good showing Monday could have Grapefruit League games up next for the right-hander.

February 27, 2020 03:52 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Throwing program outlined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) played catch Wednesday and will likely throw a bullpen session over the weekend.

He's expected to continue playing catch for the next several days. Barring a setback, he'll then throw the bullpen session. Archer has plenty of incentive to rebound from a disastrous 2019. The better he pitches, the better the chance his value increases and he's dealt to a contender.

February 24, 2020 01:24 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Scratched from start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer was scratched from his start scheduled for Monday with neck tightness.

Archer had been scheduled to make his first start of the spring against the Yankees on Monday, but the Pirates will hold him back as a precaution after he experienced neck tightness. The issue doesn't sound too severe, but the right-hander could be limited over the next few days as a result. Archer missed the end of the 2019 season with a shoulder injury but didn't face any limitations during the offseason.

December 16, 2019 05:24 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Gets clean bill of health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) is fully healthy and shouldn't have any limitations for offseason training, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The right-hander missed a sizeable portion of the second half of the season as a result of inflammation with his throwing shoulder, but the team said Monday that he should be "full systems go" for offseason training. Prior to the injury, Archer posted a career-worst 5.19 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 2019 and will look to bounce back in 2020 after having a normal offseason of work.

November 4, 2019 04:08 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Option picked up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) will have his $8.25 million option picked up for the 2020 season, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The move was widely expected despite Archer's struggles in his injury-plagued 2019 season, as he posted a 5.19 ERA with a 143:55 K:BB over 119.2 innings. The 31-year-old's above-average strikeout rate props up his fantasy value, and he'll look to remain healthy and limit run production in 2020.

October 31, 2019 06:04 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Likely to have option picked up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer will likely have his $8.25 million option picked up for the 2020 season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The 31-year-old had a down year in 2019 as he battled various injuries, posting a career-worst 5.19 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP over 23 starts. Still, Archer has an above-average fastball velocity and still was getting plenty of empty swings against him this past season. An official decision will need to be made by Monday.

September 17, 2019 09:12 AM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Shifts to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list, John Perrotto of reports.

He has already been ruled out for the season, so this is simply a bookkeeping move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Archer showed some flashes prior to the injury, logging a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in his final 18 innings, but his 5.19 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the season should result in him being readily available late in drafts in 2020.

September 15, 2019 01:52 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Archer (shoulder) has been shut down for the rest of the season, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

After landing on the injured list Aug. 21 with right shoulder inflammation, Archer was cleared to resume a throwing program less than two weeks later. Since he started playing catch off flat ground earlier this month, Archer hasn't made enough progress to realistically build up to a starter's workload before season's end, making it an easy decision for the PIrates to shutter him. Archer will wrap up a highly disappointing campaign with a 5.19 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 143:55 K:BB across 119.2 innings, but the Pirates are still expected to pick up his affordable $8.25 million team option for 2020 and keep him in the fold as a member of the rotation.

September 4, 2019 05:48 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) is playing catch on flat ground, Adam Berry of reports.

Archer has been down since experiencing shoulder soreness just over two weeks ago, but it appears he is feeling good enough to throw again. Archer still has a few steps to complete before he is ready for game action again, but he still has a chance to pitch again for the big club before the season comes to a close.

August 28, 2019 04:40 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Does throwing-like activities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Archer (shoulder) did some "one-arm plyometric throwing-like activities" Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

While it's not quite the same as picking up a ball and throwing, this is still a step in the right direction for Archer, who has been shut down from throwing since landing on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. He's expected to be re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days.

August 27, 2019 02:32 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Won't throw this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Archer recently received a second opinion on his right shoulder, which confirmed the original diagnosis of inflammation, Adam Berry of reports.

Huntington said that Archer would be shut down for the next 7-to-10 days before the Pirates reassess the right-hander's status. Based on that timeline, Archer seems unlikely to return from the 10-day injured list until at least mid-September, and he may not have time to re-condition his arm for a starter's workload. Before getting hurt, the 30-year-old posted a career-worst 5.19 ERA in 119.2 innings, but Huntington recently suggested the Pirates are leaning toward exercising Archer's $9 million club option for 2020.

August 22, 2019 10:24 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: To IL with shoulder inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, Adam Berry of reports.

He left Tuesday's start after just one inning due to shoulder discomfort. It will cost him at least another start and he may end up missing significant time. The Pirates are out of the playoff hunt, so they will proceed cautiously with Archer, who had actually shown improvement lately. He logged a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 18 innings over his last four appearances. Dario Agrazal, who was recalled in a corresponding move, could take his place in the rotation.

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