Chris Archer exits Saturday’s game with right lateral forearm tightness

Chris Archer (center) exited Saturday's game with right lateral forearm tightness. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays)

Things were looking great on the mound for Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer during Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees.

Archer looked stellar through the first two innings of the game, toughing 93 MPH on the gun and locating his changeup well.

However, things quickly changed in the third inning when Archer let up a double that Austin Meadows misplayed in right-center field.

He motioned Rays catcher Francisco Mejia to the mound, which caused manager Kevin Cash and the medical staff to look at him.

At that point, Archer removed himself from the game, a concerning sight for Rays fans as this was just his second start of the season.

Later in Saturday’s game, Bally Sports Sun field reporter Tricia Whitaker reported that Archer left the game due to lateral forearm tightness in his right arm, also his pitching arm.

Archer will be re-evaluated after today’s game and more information will come out over the next day or two.

The hope is that it’s nothing more than a precautionary sign as Archer continues to work back from surgery which sidelined him for the entire 2020 season.

An update from Rays manager Kevin Cash, reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is that Cash expects Archer to spend some time on the IL, forcing the Rays to probably call up another arm from the alternate site.