Rays’ Archer has no structural damage in arm

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer has no structural damage in his pitching arm and will be re-examined after playing catch on Tuesday, manager Kevin Cash told reporters.

Cash said team surgeon Dr. Koco Eaton confirmed the initial diagnosis of lateral forearm tightness following an examination on Monday.

Archer lasted just eight pitches in his start against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, leaving after allowing a pair of home runs. Cash acknowledged it is “probably a long shot” for Archer to make his next scheduled start at the Boston Red Sox on Friday, but said the two-time All-Star could return to the rotation fairly soon.

“He’ll play catch tomorrow, we’ll see how he feels, and then we’ll probably put our heads together and see what the best-case scenario is for him,” Cash said on Monday.

Archer, 28, is 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA this season, with his 225 strikeouts third in the majors behind Boston’s Chris Sale and Washington’s Max Scherzer.

Tampa Bay (69-70) entered Tuesday three games behind Minnesota (71-66) in the crowded American League wild card race.

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