The Tampa Bay Rays have been having a tremendous 2021 MLB season. After all, they were the first team to reach the 40-win mark on the season after Friday's 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. While they continue to lead the AL East, the Rays could use some help creating some separation between them and the second-place Boston Red Sox (1.0 games back).
Fortunately for Tampa, help could be on the way soon. Right-handed pitcher Chris Archer has missed a considerable amount of time this season due to an elbow injury that's kept him out since April 10. However, the Rays received some good news on Saturday regarding his latest injury update.
Chris Archer Injury Update
Rays reporter Marc Topkin tweeted on Saturday that Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Archer had begun throwing off the mound as the next step of his rehabilitation process. He added that the pitcher will have more work added on for the next two weeks. If everything goes as planned two-time MLB All-Star could be back sooner than later.
Archer only managed to pitch in 4.1 innings this season before getting injured. During those 4.1 innings, he gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits, resulting in a 6.23 ERA. Considering how Archer missed the entire 2020 season following thoracic outlet syndrome and has barely played this year, it'll be interesting to see how he performs on the mound when he returns.
Fortunately for Archer, he's a part of a team that has a pretty good shot at going on a championship run this season. The Rays currently have the 6th-best odds to win the 2021 MLB World Series at +1400, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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