Rays righty Chris Archer leaves start with forearm tightness
CHICAGO (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer left due to right lateral forearm tightness after giving up back-to-back home runs without recording an out in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
Alen Hanson hit his fourth home run on Archer’s second pitch of the game, and Yolmer Sanchez followed with his ninth homer. Archer threw just eight pitches, three for strikes, before the Rays coaching staff and trainer checked on him and he left the game as a precaution.
Archer pulled from game in the first inning
Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer is pulled from the game just eight pitches into his start, and the Rays trail the White Sox early on in Chicago.Watch Game 2 of the series live now on FOX Sports Sun!#TampaBayRays #MLB
Posted by FOX Sports Florida / FOX Sports Sun on Saturday, September 2, 2017
Archer became the third pitcher in Rays history to allow home runs to the first two batters in a game.
Austin Pruitt replaced Archer, whose 225 strikeouts rank second in the American League and third in the majors behind Boston’s Chris Sale (264) and Washington’s Max Scherzer (230). Archer is second in the league with 179 1/3 innings pitched.