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Nick Anderson/Chris Archer Struggle in Rehab Appearances

By Kasey Kuhrts
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 11: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on July 11, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 11: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on July 11, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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Nick Anderson and Chris Archer have been working their way back to the Tampa Bay Rays since July, but both struggled this week in Durham.

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Chris Archer’s Rehab Struggles

Archer made his sixth rehab start for the Durham Bulls on Tuesday evening. In his six starts, Archer has been all over the place. On July 27th, Archer pitched 3.2 innings of one-hit baseball, which was very impressive.

However, on July 17th, Archer pitched only 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Archer saw that same club on Tuesday and started the game much differently than he did in July. Archer started the game with three straight K’s and faced one batter over the minimum through three innings. However, things got away in the fourth.

After getting the first out of the inning, Archer lost control of the strike zone, walking back-to-back hitters. After getting the second out of the inning, Archer served up a three-run homer to American Olympic Legend, Eddy Alvarez.

Now, it has been reported that Archer’s next appearance will come with the Tampa Bay Rays, which is good news.

But his up-and-down rehab is worth noting. However, it is possible that the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have Archer’s number.

Nick Anderson’s Rehab Struggles

After Archer exited the game on Tuesday, Nick Anderson, found his way into the game for the Durham Bulls. It was Anderson’s third appearance on his rehab stint with Durham, the first two appearances resulted in scoreless innings. However, that would not be the case on Tuesday.

Anderson came on to start the seventh inning for the Bulls and allowed back-to-back singles. What followed was a Bryson Brigman bunt, which was fielded by Anderson, but thrown away, allowing both runners to score. Anderson would then get out of the inning, with just the two runs allowed.

This brings us to Thursday night. Anderson again came on for the Bulls to face the Jumbo Shrimp and again struggled to put the crustaceans away.

Anderson took over for Brent Honeywell in the sixth and gave up a home run to the second batter he faced. Anderson then got the second out of the inning, but couldn’t get the allusive third.

Anderson gave up a double to Eddy Alvarez and walked Bryson Brigman, and was pulled without completing the inning.

Chris Archer and Nick Anderson’s Rehab Takeaways

The most important thing in any rehab is that the player continues to stay healthy, and Anderson and Archer have done that.

Like I stated above, Archer’s next appearance will come for the Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson has pitched in four games in seven days and reported no issues thus far. Which is great.

Another thing to consider, both Anderson and Archer have struggled against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, and been pretty good against every other team. So, I guess it’s a good thing the Shrimp reside in Triple-A East, rather than the AL East.

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