Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Chris Archer Is On The Comeback Trail Again

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Chris Archer Is On The Comeback Trail Again

Chris Archer threw a bullpen session Monday.

All signs point to another rehab start either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, which puts him on track to return to the Rays, per sources, who are gearing up for another deep playoff run.


After throwing at Tropicana Field, Archer found time to show love and give wisdom to some little leaguers.


While on the comeback trail, the 32-year-old made five rehab starts before he was shut down with the hip injury.

Archer gave up three runs on 31 pitches in the first inning before being relieved of his duties by Triple-A Durham in his previous rehab start due to hip tightness.


In one of the starts, the right-hander showed flashes of his younger self as he threw 59 pitches in which 35 were strikes.

He struck out four while allowing one hit and one walk in a little over three innings.



Rays manager Kevin Cash said Archer had an MRI done, and the results came back exceptionally clean, which allows the former All-Star to continue his comeback trail on Monday.



Cash told the Tampa Bay Times, “If all goes well, the arm should not be shut down, so we will get him back out there assuming that he feels good and get him back to Durham to where he hopefully picks a three or four-inning outing right out of the gate.”

The start was his first since the veteran right-hander suffered the initial right forearm injury in early April.



Cash could not give an exact return date, but he told reporters that Archer would need to take more reps before returning to the big leagues.

And from the looks of it, Archer will return to the mound sooner rather than later.