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Ken Giles dealing with nerve inflammation after bad massage

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Blue Jays closer Ken Giles is day-to-day after developing some nerve inflammation in his right arm, club manager Charlie Montoyo revealed Saturday.

“During the break, he felt great and then he went [and] got a massage, and from that he got nerve inflammation and that’s why he didn’t pitch today,” Montoyo said in a quote captured by MLB.com’s Alexis Brudnicki. It’s not yet clear when Giles might return to the mound, as he was ruled out for Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees.

Giles, 28, has been spectacular when healthy. Prior to his recent setback, he racked up 13 saves with a 1.45 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 15.4 SO/9, and 1.4 fWAR through 31 innings in 2019. While it seems unlikely that he’ll be sidelined for long, there’s increasing pressure to make a quick recovery as the Blue Jays have been fielding recent trade offers from the Yankees and Twins.

For now, however, the team may turn to rookie right-hander Justin Shafer in Giles’ place. Shafer, now in his second season with the club, has pitched just 10 1/3 innings in the majors this season. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi notes that while they could also utilize Daniel Hudson in the closer role, they’d rather give him a break after he tossed 35 pitches in Saturday’s 2-1 win.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.