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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (0) / CLE
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Chris Archer struck out six while yielding two runs over six innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Cubs.
Archer served up a home run to Kyle Schwarber during a 32-pitch second inning, but he was otherwise in command in this one. It’s a much-needed nice outing from the right-hander, as Archer hadn’t looked right since suffering a forearm injury last month. He faces the Orioles this weekend. Sep 19 - 10:13 PM

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Chris Archer surrendered three earned runs over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.

All three of those runs came around in the top of the second inning, on a walk and four singles. Archer has given up 11 runs -- nine earned -- in seven innings since leaving a September 2 start against the White Sox with tightness in his right forearm. This is growing into both a short-term and long-term concern for Tampa Bay.
Sep 13 - 4:59 PM

Chris Archer was obliterated in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, allowing eight runs (six earned) on nine hits in just three-plus innings.

The right-hander struck out five and walked one on the night. The Red Sox got to him early with a three-run homer from Mookie Betts in the first inning. They then broke the game open and chased Archer with a five-run uprising in the fourth before he could record an out. Now 9-9 on the season, he'll carry a 4.00 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Yankees.
Sep 8 - 10:29 PM

Chris Archer (forearm) will start against the Red Sox on Friday.

Archer left a September 2 start against the White Sox with discomfort in his right forearm. He threw off flat-ground on Tuesday without issue and, barring a setback, will be toe the bump in Fenway to start this weekend's set as the Rays look to help play spoiler in the Red Sox's continued quest to wrap up the AL East.
Sep 6 - 5:15 PM

Chris Archer (forearm) could return to the Rays' rotation Saturday or Sunday at Fenway Park.

Archer made it through a flat-ground throwing session Tuesday without issue and is hoping to get clearance to start this weekend after he throws off a mound on Wednesday. He left his last start September 2 against the White Sox due to discomfort in his right forearm, but Rays orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton has ruled out any major structural damage. "No strict plan in place but I would like to pitch in Boston," Archer said Tuesday. "I don't think it would be too much because I would have 48 extra hours of rest. ... So that's what I'm gearing for. But if it doesn't happen, if I get an extra day or two, that's what it is."
Sep 6 - 8:51 AM

Chris Archer (forearm) made it through a flat-ground throwing session Tuesday without issue.

Archer left his last start Saturday against the White Sox after experiencing tightness in his right forearm, but Rays orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton found no structural damage during a thorough examination on Monday and the right-hander is expected to throw off a mound Wednesday. Austin Pruitt will take his turn in the rotation Friday in Boston, but this won't be a season-ending injury for Archer.
Sep 5 - 4:27 PM

Rays orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton confirmed Monday that Chris Archer has no structural damage in his right forearm.

Archer gave the Rays quite the scare when he was forced to exit Saturday's start against the White Sox with right lateral forearm tightness, but fortunately it doesn't appear to be serious. He's scheduled to be reevaluated after playing catch on Tuesday. Archer might not be ready to take his next scheduled turn Friday against the Red Sox, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss significant time.
Sep 5 - 9:47 AM

Chris Archer could play catch as soon as Monday if Dr. Koco Eaton confirms the initial diagnosis that his right forearm injury is muscular and not structural.

Archer had to leave Saturday's start against the White Sox in the first inning due to tightness in his forearm, but he and the Rays are optimistic that it's not serious. If he is cleared to play catch Monday, he's expected to then throw a bullpen session later this week.
Sep 3 - 11:37 AM

According to the Rays, Chris Archer left Saturday's game because of right lateral forearm tightness.

The Rays are downplaying it, but we're pretty concerned about this. Archer has thrown a ton of pitches these last three years; let's hope it's not catching up to him now.
Sep 2 - 8:22 PM

Chris Archer left Saturday's game in the first inning after throwing a pitch to his third batter of the night.

Yikes. Archer gave up back-to-back homers to start the game and then threw a ball to Avisail Garcia. There was nothing terribly obvious wrong after the last pitch, but obviously something wasn't right. Austin Pruitt took over for him on the mound.
Sep 2 - 7:30 PM

Chris Archer allowed one run on five hits over seven innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Cardinals.

Archer kept the scoreboard free and clear of runs until the seventh inning, when Kolten Wong finally broke through against the right-hander with a solo home run. Archer finished up his afternoon's work having struck out eight and walked one. Up next on the docket, a road start against the White Sox. He will carry a 3.66 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 225/52 K/BB ratio (179 2/3 innings) into that contest.
Aug 27 - 5:51 PM

Chris Archer fanned 10 while allowing three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Tuesday in a victory over the Blue Jays.

Archer allowed just four hits and a walk tonight. He's struck out 10 in back-to-back starts and nine times this season. He's at 217 strikeouts right now and on pace to top his career high of 252 from 2015.
Aug 22 - 11:34 PM

Chris Archer scattered five hits and three runs over seven strong innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

Archer served up a pair of solo homers to Josh Donaldson but was otherwise lights out. He finished his afternoon with 10 strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Archer has fanned 10 or more hitters in three of his last six outings, though he’s only won once during that span. He’ll take a 3.84 ERA into his next start Wednesday against the very same Jays he just faced.
Aug 17 - 8:35 PM

Chris Archer surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings to absorb a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

He punched out eight batters but the Indians' hitters were able to bunch their seven hits and two walks close enough together to produce three runs. Archer falls to 8-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.24 WHIP after 25 starts. He has an excellent 197/50 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 159 1/3 innings.
Aug 12 - 9:17 PM

Chris Archer tossed six innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision against the Brewers.

Tampa Bay won the game on a walk-off homer by Steven Souza in the bottom of the ninth inning. Archer was sharp, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out seven Milwaukee hitters. The one run against him came on an Orlando Arcia solo shot in the top of the sixth. Archer has a 3.80 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 189/48 K/BB ratio through 154 innings (24 starts) this season. He'll face the Indians at home next.
Aug 6 - 4:08 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
3Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Brad Miller
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Matt Duffy
3B1Evan Longoria
2Trevor Plouffe
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Colby Rasmus
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Peter Bourjos
3Mallex Smith
RF1Steven Souza
2Cesar Puello
DH1Lucas Duda
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jacob Faria
5Blake Snell
6Austin Pruitt
7Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Dan Jennings
4Xavier Cedeno
5Tommy Hunter
6Steve Cishek
7Kevin Gadea
8Sergio Romo
9Matt Andriese
10Shawn Tolleson
11Jose Alvarado
12Ryne Stanek
13Chaz Roe