The Rays placed Chris Archer on the injured list after he left today’s ballgame. Brent Honeywell will be called up, and he will make his Major League debut opening Sunday’s game, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter).
It wasn’t clear at the time of the injury what exactly happened to Archer, but the injury was apparently severe enough to act quickly in placing him on the injured list. Today was just the second outing of the year for the 32-year-old. Archer suffered right lateral forearm tightness, per ESPN’s Marly Rivera (via Twitter), who adds that the Rays hope Archer will miss just one start.
Honeywell has long been a top prospect for the Rays, but injuries have slowed his path to the Majors. Baseball America had him ranked among the Rays’ top prospects in every season since 2015. He landed in their top-100 prospects in baseball from 2016 to 2020, peaking at No. 14 overall before the 2018 season. Tomorrow will mark an incredible achievement for Honeywell, even if he is unable to become the star hurler the Rays once hoped. Still, expectations are high, and if Honeywell can stay healthy, he still is projected to become a capable piece of the rotation. That said, chances are he’s not on the roster to stay. The Rays will understandably watch his inning count closely.
they replaced their injured pitcher with the injury list itself
What is worse: this attempt at being funny, or the fact someone actually liked it.
Wonder if he still is throwing his screwball?
He is still throwing it with great movement as well.
As someone who grew up playing the game I always find myself pulling for guys that have bad injury histories. It’s tough watching a young player have his seemingly promising career derailed by injuries and wether or not they play for my team, I always like seeing them overcome the odds and get back out on the diamond
It’s been a long time coming!
good for honey, best wishes for him
Georgia Sweet will annihilate the Bankees tomorrow. Long time comin
Go Honey! Prove all the doubters wrong!
I love this dude so much, and I’d love to see him get a fair shot in the bigs. Pretty bad when you are in consideration for comeback player of the year in your rookie season though.
I’m excited! The screwball was one of the pitches I threw in high school. (Sinker and screwball combo.) The only problem was I was very mediocre and had constant forearm problems. Glad to see someone with the pitch make the majors.
Really rooting for Honeywell. I hope he makes it, whether that be a starter or reliever. He’d could be one of baseball’s feel-good stories this year. Maybe he’ll be this year’s Kyle Zimmer.
Hey, speaking of good stories, I bet you’re happy about Musgrove last night. Heck, I’m happy even though we were his victims…
This is an ultimate achievement for Mr. Honeywell after years of injuries, He’s on the major league roster and starting. Welcome to the big leagues the newest ace of the Rays!!!
Throws a screwball, taught to him by Mike Marshall, who’s Honeywell’s uncle or cousin or third- cousin- on- the- second- side- twice removed, or somebody. Not sure how it’ll work at the top level, but let’s see.
Tough break for Archer. Today he looked as good as he has in the past 2 years. And it’s his contract year. Rough.
Been friends with the Honeywell family for many years. Very excited to see him tomorrow.
This could turn out to be a good story for Honeywell given the setbacks. The grind he’s had to go through the last few years could not have been easy.
Archer’s return to the Rays may be as short lived as Paxton’s to the Mariners
Archer at least appeared in 2 games and got 4 innings in.
So pumped for Honey! Amazing he’s made it to this point hope he crushes it tomorrow
The Rays are a factory of the likes of the Industrial Revolution. Doesn’t matter who they send up or down, they generally get the job done.
They have a great management from top to bottom. Only thing is hurting them is empty seats during a normal season (without the pandemic) while winning. They should move out of Tampa and discuss a possible Buffalo, NY arrival since Toronto is turning that stadium into MLB park. It won’t hurt the Rays because of division or regional conflict. If anything, creates a nice rivalry with the Blue Jays.
Everything Rays needs is in Buffalo. Parking and location isn’t bad at all. Tropica Field in Tampa Bay, is a fans nightmare getting to the park. At least at Buffalo, they’d have a packed park. Every major sporting vendor they have in the city, has nearly a sold out stadium or arena. Fans are loyal to their sports and will show up to games. I think it is a perfect fit
Why would Toronto want a franchise that close? I suspect Buffalo is within Toronto territorial rights.
I believe it is Kje. Certainly is in the NHL.
Besides, there are at least 5 cities more suitable than Buffalo. Nothing against Buffalo, like the town and really like that they are the AAA affiliate. I’d choose Nashville, Charlotte, Vegas, Indianapolis and San Antonio before Buffalo.
It wouldn’t be any different from other clubs being close to each other. Washington and Philly or Oakland and Anaheim. You can even argue St Louis and Kansas City. Arlington and Houston is another. If you want to argue geographical area and distance separating each other by body of water. Detroit and Cleveland can be in the discussion as well. So, why shouldn’t Buffalo have a MLB team? Unless you believe Toronto couldn’t survive without American based fans?
@wearealljustgusthere you are quite wrong about this. Rays wanted to play games in Montreal this year. Owners threw a fit about it especially during this Covid stuff. Buffalo is just as deserving as a MLB as Nashville, Charlotte, Indy, etc. etc. Either way Vegas and San Antonio would have to wait for expansion seasons because they would align up in the current division format. There would be no balance to the division. Indy would have to be in a central division and may need expansion tag on them as well. Nashville barely supporters the predators and you want to give them a MLB club? Between Nashville and Tampa Bay, they might as well stay in Tampa because seats will be empty in Nashville as well
1) Washington and Philly, and Oakland and Anaheim are not particularly close to each other. Washington and Philly are 121 miles from each other, and Oakland and Anaheim are 365 miles from each other. Toronto and Buffalo are just 59 miles from each other. (All mileages are as the crow flies.)
2) MLB has strict territorial rights, rights which have been strengthened since the previous moves. These rights involve control of any territory within a certain mileage and/or connecting territory. Buffalo falls within Toronto’s territory. This isn’t a deal-breaker – the MLB cut a deal with Baltimore to move in the Nationals to DC – but it wouldn’t be a slam dunk.
3) Buffalo is hardly the priority market for the MLB. After all, they already HAVE a team in the market. The MLB would want to expand their territory – to add a team in a market without a nearby team. Charlotte, Nashville, or Portland, OR make sense. Even Montreal is additive, though it isn’t growing as fast as the other markets.
Where are you getting that Nashville barely supports the Predators? In 2019-20 (20-21 not working due to the pandemic), the Predators sold 101.7% of their seating capacity. The Lightning sold 99.9%.
In the NFL, the Titans sold 64,500/game in 2019 (93.2% of capacity), while the Tampa Bucs sold 51,900/game (78.8% of capacity).
It’d be crazy to move from an area rapidly increasing in population to an area rapidly declining in population.