Rays journal: No structural damage for Chris Archer

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ST. PETERSBURG — Team orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton examined RHP Chris Archer (right lateral forearm tightness) Monday afternoon and confirmed the original diagnosis made Saturday after Archer (right) left his start against the White Sox after facing just three batters.

Eaton did not find any structural damage. Archer is scheduled to play catch this afternoon and be reexamined.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he exchanged texts Monday morning with Archer and was encouraged by what Archer said about his arm.

"The best news is he's going to play catch" today, Cash said after the game.

Cash said it is a long shot that Archer will make his scheduled start Friday in Boston. They will know more when Archer is re-evaluated after he plays catch.

Souza day to day

RF Steven Souza Jr. is day to day with soreness in his neck and back. He suffered the injury in the sixth after colliding with Twins C Mitch Garver at home plate when scoring on a sacrifice fly by SS Adeiny Hechavarria.

Stay focused

The American League wild-card standings change nearly every day, so RHP Jake Odorizzi said it's pointless and frustrating to look at them.

"It's pointless," he said. "It's ever-changing. As long as we win we're not losing ground. That's all that matters."

But if the teams ahead of the Rays also win, the Rays are spinning their wheels.

"I wouldn't say we need some luck on our side, that's a little later on, but once you get to the point where you have four teams ahead of you, you need some losses to go along with wins," Odorizzi said. "It's no longer in your control. So hopefully we can narrow the gap between now and then, and hopefully it's more in our court than hoping some teams have to lose for us to advance."

More injury updates

RHP Jacob Faria (left abdominal strain) is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game today. … SS Matt Duffy (left), who has not played this season while recovering and rehabbing from Achilles surgery, took ground balls Monday and hit with the final group during batting practice. "A good sign," manager Kevin Cash said. "He looked the part. Didn't see any restrictions. We were waiting to see that. We want him to feel good, specially heading into his offseason. He's had a very long, frustrating season here not playing, so maybe today was a step in the right direction." Duffy likely will play in instructional league and winter ball.

Old man on the hill

Twins RHP Bartolo Colon (44 years, 104 days old) will be the fourth-oldest pitcher to face the Rays, behind LHP Jamie Moyer (46 years, 217 days), Tim Wakefield (45 years, 47 days) and Roger Clemens (44 years, 316 days), when he takes the mound tonight in the middle game of this important three-game series.

Moyer, with the Phillies at the time, allowed a run in six innings in a victory against the Rays on June 23, 2009. Wakefield and Clemens both lost. Wakefield also lost to the Rays when he was 44 years, 316 days old.

Colon, who debuted in 1997 with the Indians, is pitching for his 10th team. This will be his 25th career start against the Rays. He is 9-6 with a 4.07 ERA.

Roster move

INF Trevor Plouffe returned from Triple-A Durham. LHP Adam Kolarek was designated for assignment Sunday to clear room on the 40-man roster.

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