Archer Removed From Game As Precaution

Pirates Pitcher Was Removed Due To Left Leg Discomfort

Shelby Cassesse
August 20, 2018 - 9:01 pm

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(PITTSBURGH - 93.7 The Fan) - Pirates RHP Chris Archer was removed from the game Monday night as a precaution with left leg discomfort.

According to Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk, the injury occurred during Archer's at-bat in the 3rd inning where he appeared to twist his left leg on a swing. 

Archer echoed the team's message removing him from the game was just a precaution and that it was the smartest move to prevent further injury. He insinuated that he is not expecting to miss a start.  

"It's really something that isn't too serious. I just don't want anything to linger into the arm and we have an extra day, so I think I'll be good."

He didn't start feeling discomfort immediately. He said the pain began after he started cooling off. 

"What you're trying to avoid is it leaking into your arm, because all your power and your drive comes from your lower half, and if you ease up on the lower half, you put more stress on your arm. We're just trying to avoid anything serious happening to the arm. 

In his fourth start with Pittsburgh, Archer allowed five hits and an earned run in four innings. The run came in the first inning when Nick Markakis drove in Freddie Freeman with an RBI single. Archer battled men in scoring position for all but his final inning. He has failed to make it out of the fifth inning since his first start with the Pirates on August 3. 

In what turned out to be his most efficient start as a Pirate, Archer felt he was on the right track for a good outing.

"I minimized damage. It felt like if I didn't do that on the swing, I would have been able to give six, seven, eight more outs just because I felt good."

Steven Brault relieved Archer in the 5th inning. Archer's next projected start is in Milwaukee on August 26.


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