Chris Archer exits with tight forearm

Updated: August 8, 2013, 2:32 AM ET news services

PHOENIX -- Tampa Bay Rays rookie Chris Archer has left his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks after throwing a pitch in the second inning.

The right-hander allowed a run in the first on Wednesday night and got two outs in the second before leaving with a 2-1 count against Didi Gregorius.

Tampa Bay's trainer and manager Joe Maddon came out to the mound, and Archer had a disgusted look on his face as they talked to him. Maddon called Alex Torres out of the bullpen and Archer was consoled by teammates before walking off the field.

The Rays say Archer has right forearm tightness and was removed as a precaution.

"I am glad they are cautious with me, thinking about the future, and hopefully it just dissolves and my next start I am out there at normal game speed," Archer said after the Rays' 9-8 loss.

Archer was the AL pitcher of the month in July after going 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA in five starts.



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