Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Archer expects to make his next start

LOS ANGELES — How rookie RHP Chris Archer feels this afternoon will be a major factor in determining how concerned the Rays will be over the tightness he felt in his right forearm that led to his early departure from Wednesday's game.

The Rays gave Archer, 24, Thursday's off day to rest and will decide on a course of action after checking him out today. Initial tests done by the Diamondbacks team doctor were encouraging, Archer said.

Archer and team officials are optimistic it was an isolated incident and he will be able to make his next start on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

"Nothing serious," Archer said late Wednesday. "I'm glad they are cautious with me thinking about the future. Hopefully it just dissolves and my next start I'm out there at normal game speed."

Manager Joe Maddon said the decision to take the Archer out immediately in the second inning — after C Jose Molina noticed Archer grimace on several pitches — was precautionary and obvious. "In that moment, I am not going to jeopardize his career or our future either," Maddon said.

Rookie OF Wil Myers also left the game early, as he was having trouble breathing and feeling dizzy as a result of asthma. Myers said his asthma is only an issue in Arizona and in high altitudes. He expects to be back in the lineup tonight.

PITCHING IN: Today could be a big day for two other starters as well.

RHP Alex Cobb makes his second rehab start for Class A Charlotte at Fort Myers, and if all goes well he would be in line to rejoin the Rays rotation as soon as Aug. 15. Cobb has been out since being hit in the head by a line drive June 15.

LHP Matt Moore is scheduled to test his sore elbow playing catch for the third time this week. If he continues to feel better he will be cleared to throw off the mound Saturday or Sunday, the next step in his hoped-for return to the rotation by the end of next week.

VISITORS PASS: It took until two-thirds of the way through their 16th season, and 1,268 road games elsewhere, but the Rays make their first visit to Dodger Stadium tonight. It is the only current stadium they have not played in and was one of two such blanks in the majors. The Padres have yet to visit Toronto's Rogers Centre.

Several Rays have played at Dodger Stadium, led by 1B James Loney, who spent the first seven seasons of his big-league career there.

"There's a lot of energy there, especially when it's sold out or close to sold out; a lot of passionate fans there," Loney said. "And there's just the history of Dodger Stadium, the history of the organization and the legacies there. They provide all that kind of atmosphere."

Several other Rays are looking forward to their first game there, including tonight's starter, LHP David Price. "It's got a lot of history," he said. "It's cool to visit stadiums like that and experience that atmosphere."

MISCELLANY: The Rays have gone nine games without an error, matching their season high and one off the team record. … The Rays haven't lost three straight games since June 16-18. Before Tuesday-Wednesday in Arizona, they hadn't lost on consecutive days since June 21-22.

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