With the Rays already missing Alex Cobb and Matt Moore from their rotation, seemingly the last thing that Tampa would need would be to have another starter get injured. Unfortunately, the injury bug, which has been after the Rays with a vengeance lately, struck once again, this time coming after Chris Archer.
Archer, who had been on an excellent run, left last night’s game against the Diamondbacks with two outs in the second. After a 2-1 pitch, Archer jumped a bit on the mound. Following a lengthy conversation and a quick examination, Archer was pulled for what was later revealed to be a tight right forearm. Fortunately, the tightness is not considered serious, and Archer was removed as a precaution.
Even though both Cobb and Moore are expected to be back soon, losing Archer for any length of time would likely be a serious problem for the rotation. It may take Cobb a couple of starts to get back into form given his time off, and Moore could be rusty as well. With the issues that Jeremy Hellickson and Roberto Hernandez have had this season, the Rays may suddenly find themselves with problems in the rotation.
Hopefully, the forearm tightness is truly minor, and Archer will be able to make his next start for the Rays. Losing someone who may arguably have been the best pitcher on the staff for the past month and a half would be a major blow at any point, but it is magnified given the injuries already in the rotation. The Rays may well not be able to afford to lose Archer for any length of time.