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Injury updates: Archer, Faria, Venters

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-handers Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) and Jake Faria (left oblique strain) continued to progress. Each threw a bullpen session on Monday prior to the Rays taking batting practice.

Archer threw 40 pitches -- including breaking balls -- and Faria threw 30.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-handers Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) and Jake Faria (left oblique strain) continued to progress. Each threw a bullpen session on Monday prior to the Rays taking batting practice.

Archer threw 40 pitches -- including breaking balls -- and Faria threw 30.

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"It was great," said Archer of his bullpen session. "Continuing to progress forward. We increased the workload a little, incorporated some [fielding practice], no issue, no limitations right now. The only thing now is I have to be a little patient to build up to a normal pitch count."

If Archer feels fine on Tuesday, he will likely throw a three-inning simulated game on Thursday.

"Probably throw three innings, 45-50 pitches," Archer said. "If all goes well, continue to make my way toward a real game, probably for [Class A Advanced] Charlotte, wherever they are."

Faria told reporters that he threw fastballs in addition to changeups, and "everything is good."

"Able to push it pretty good, so it's been a pretty smooth process," Faria said. "At three weeks out, I had it looked at again, and it was pretty clear, so now it's just a process of building back up to five or six innings. ... Building my arm back up, building everything up so I'm ready to go."

Roster move
The Rays placed left-hander Jonny Venters (right hamstring strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Austin Pruitt from Triple-A Durham.

Venters hurt himself while pitching in relief on Sunday against the Yankees. The veteran said he'd never had a hamstring problem before, so it "scared" him a little bit. Venters said he's received "pretty good news so far" concerning the severity of his injury.

Video: NYY@TB: Venters exits the game with hamstring strain

Pruitt was optioned to Durham prior to Friday's game against the Yankees, but did not pitch for the Bulls. The right-hander was scheduled to start Monday night before the Rays made the move. Why Pruitt?

"I think right now [the front office recalled] Austin simply because he can provide a lot of length for us," said manager Kevin Cash, who explained that the Rays' bullpen was a little thin after the team's weekend series against the Yankees.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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