It was announced yesterday that Chris Archer is set to make his 2013 debut Saturday for the Rays against the Cleveland Indians. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced. Thus far, Archer has gone 5-3 with a 3.96 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 50 innings for the Durham Bulls. Joe Maddon mentioned that his time in Tampa may set the stage for him to contribute later in the year.
“Archie did a nice job up here last year,” Maddon said. “Seems like we’re giving everybody an audition for later in the season, so I kind of like it, actually.”
Archer had been part of the fight for the fifth starting rotation spot heading into Spring Training before being sent to Durham. If he can pitch well for the Rays this time up, it may be difficult to send him back down.
Getting major league hitters out can be stressful enough, but you could forgive Cesar Ramos if other things have been on his mind while he has been on the mound. His fiance, Melanie McCauley, has been receiving treatment in California for Hodgkin’s Lynphoma.
“You can block it out all you can, but … it just puts a lot of things in perspective, too. Even if you have a bad outing, you see things a lot different,” Ramos said. “It’s something that’s on your mind. You still have to focus on the task at hand”
Fortunately, her treatments have been going well. Ramos said that her cancer cells are low, and are essentially gone from her system. She has also received permission to travel with Ramos, planning on meeting him in New York for his 29th birthday on June 22 before continuing with him to Tampa.