Amid progress by injured SS Adeiny Hechavarria and CF Kevin Kiermaier, there was bad injury news for the Rays with top starter RHP Chris Archer having a setback in his recovery from a left abdominal strain.
Archer was to throw a simulated game Tuesday with the potential to rejoin the rotation as soon as Sunday in New York, but felt soreness in the same area in the days following his Saturday bullpen session and has been shut down.
"Unfortunately Arch is now going to be sidetracked a little bit," manager Kevin Cash said. "Woke up today feeling not that great. So we're going to take a little bit more conservative approach. I don't think it's anything too alarming. But we want to make sure once we start that process of ramping him back up and getting him going that all those symptoms have subsided. And obviously they haven't."
Cash said Archer told him, as he told the media, that he felt good about the 20-pitch session on Saturday.
"That's why we always kind of wait until the next day to see how they wake up and I think he woke up and just wasn't totally comfortable with how he felt," Cash said.
Archer (3-4, 4.24) last pitched on June 2 in Seattle. He saw a specialist on core muscle issues and said last Tuesday he was told he had only a mild strain and miss just a start or two.
Hechavarria (right hamstring strain) is starting a rehab assignment tonight with the Class A Stone Crabs in Dunedin. Kiermaier (right thumb surgery) is slated to start a rehab assignment on Tuesday. Both could be ready around June 22, when the Rays return from their next road trip.