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Chris Archer has no structural damage in his forearm

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The Rays Chris Archer was forced out of Saturday’s start with forearm tightness. That’s often a bad sign for pitchers, and is frequently the first symptom they feel before a serious elbow injury is revealed. Archer has gotten some good news, however.

Rays orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton confirmed yesterday that Archer has no structural damage in his right forearm. He’ll be reevaluated after playing catch today, but for now it looks like he and the Rays dodged a bullet.

Archer is 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 225/52 in 179.1 innings on the year.

 

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.