Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Archer left the Sept. 2 game against the Chicago White Sox because of tightness in his right forearm after throwing eight pitches. He gave up back-to-back homers to the two batters he faced.
Archer said he began to feel tightness on the outside of his forearm while warming up in the bullpen. The team said the move was precautionary.
“We feel stuff all throughout the year — every player, pitchers and position players,” Archer said. “I thought after I warmed up in the game it would just be gone, but it didn’t, and every time I tried to get to full extension I just couldn’t get there.”
It was the first time in at least 100 years a starting pitcher had only completed two at-bats and allowed homers to both hitters. Archer, who had registered a quality start in seven of his previous nine, became the third Rays pitcher to allow back-to-back homers to start a game, joining Alex Cobb on May 23 and Victor Zambrano on April 6, 2003.
The Rays entered the week with 24 games remaining — all against teams within 21⁄ games of 2 a postseason spot. Of those, 22 will be against teams ahead of them in the AL East or wild-card standings. Starting this week, their next 14 games are against teams currently holding a postseason spot.