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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.

 

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.