LOS ANGELES – RHP Chris Archer, who left Wednesday’s game in the second inning with tightness in his right forearm, played catch before Friday’s game and said his arm felt fine.
“It felt good,” Archer said. “So I’m planning on making my next start, that’s for sure.”
That would be Tuesday when the Rays open the homestand against the Mariners.
“I talked to (head athletic trainer) Ronnie (Porterfield) and Ronnie was pretty convincing that he’s going to be fine for his next start,” Maddon said. “We think that it was purely a cramp situation.”
So is Moore
LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) played catch Friday at 100 feet and said his elbow felt fine. The next step is a bullpen session Sunday, where Moore said he will throw 20 to 25 pitches, mostly fastballs.
“The goal right now is to get off the bump on Sunday, and it looks like we’re going to meet that goal,” Moore said.
Maddon said they will have a better understanding of how quickly Moore can return after he throws off a mound.
Cobb getting close
RHP Alex Cobb (concussion/blister) threw 78 pitches Friday in a minor league rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte.
“I’m ready (to return),” he said. “Obviously it’s up to (the team) to decide whether they need me back right now, but I felt if they asked me, I’d be ready to step right back in.”
Cobb is scheduled to come off the disabled list Thursday and the plans are that he will start that night against the Mariners.
Farnsworth let go
The Rays designated for assignment struggling RHP Kyle Farnsworth on Friday and recalled RHP Josh Lueke.
Manager Joe Maddon had trouble finding innings for Farnsworth this season with LHP Jake McGee and more recently LHP Alex Torres getting the high leverage innings in the sixth and seven innings. And when Maddon did find a slot of Farnsworth, the 37-year old often struggled.
“I was trying to put him on the right kind of guys,” Maddon said. “We try to do that will all of our relief pitchers. It was a little big rugged at times. He had some good moments also. If Josh was not looming we probably would not have done it at this time.”
Farnsworth had a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings over 39 appearances. He allowed 39 hits and 19 runs.
Maddon said he called Farnsworth on Thursday to deliver the news.
“It was definitely a difficult moment for him, “Maddon said. “I did explain to him when I wanted to use him, and he was aware of that. It was just one of those things. Again, maybe he will go somewhere else and catch fire I would really love that for him and his family, but for right now we felt we had to go, as they say, in the other direction.”
Lueke, back for his third stint with the Rays, had a 0.72 ERA in 50 innings this season at Triple A Durham. He struck out 70 batters, walked only 14 and recorded 14 saves.
With the Rays, Lueke was 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 11 appearances. Maddon said he plans to use him earlier in games, though that could change should RHP Joel Peralta or McGee need a day off.
Lueke said he made a few changes since returning to Durham in June.
“There’s some fine tuning,” he said. “I’ve gotten a little bit too happy throwing the off-speed and not relying on the fastball. I went back down there and established getting ahead with strike one, and doing what Jake does, throw it until they hit it. If they can’t hit it keep throwing it.”