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Archer still sore after comebacker scare

Righty lucky to escape in good shape amidst rash of pitchers hit by liners recently
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- A day after getting hit on his right forearm by a comebacker in a Minor League game, Chris Archer said he felt fine.

"Still a little sore," Archer said. "Obviously, cause I got hit by a baseball. Swelling's down. The pain is almost completely gone. Just a little tight."

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- A day after getting hit on his right forearm by a comebacker in a Minor League game, Chris Archer said he felt fine.

"Still a little sore," Archer said. "Obviously, cause I got hit by a baseball. Swelling's down. The pain is almost completely gone. Just a little tight."

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Archer spoke to reporters at the Charlotte Sports Complex early Saturday morning, and the Rays' Opening Day starter said he had already had one round of treatment and he planned on going through his normal routine following an outing. He also planned to have another round of treatment on Saturday.

Archer felt as though going through his regular routine would actually help by getting the blood flowing, and with circulation. He surmised: "I'm going to be good."

Archer felt fortunate about the outcome, particularly considering what happened to Madison Baumgarner, who was hit on his pitching hand by a line drive on Friday. The Giants' ace will miss at least 4-6 weeks.

"[Missing four to six weeks] would not be ideal," Archer said. "He and I have the same [agency]. So I know [the agency] was worried yesterday."

Final roster close
Rays manager Kevin Cash said the team's roster should move closer to its final status on Sunday.

"Yeah, I think we'll have some decisions at some point tomorrow," Cash said. "It's just tough. You don't want to look at anybody and then tell them one thing when there's still things that can break. But I think we'll have a couple of decisions that we're going to make tomorrow."

Prominent among the decisions will be the composition of the bullpen, along with the fifth outfielder spot.

Quote of the day
"I just say, 'No more for today.'" -- Rays catcher Wilson "Buffalo" Ramos on what he said after scoring from first base on Adeiny Hechavarria's double in the sixth

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How they'll play it
Cash allowed that the Rays' first-base situation will depend on whether a righty or a lefty is starting for the opposing team.

"Yeah, it's going to be a lot of left-right," Cash said. "But saying that, we know that we really value getting C.J. [Cron] in there a lot. We will have plenty of opportunities where C.J. will play against some righties. Brad [Miller] is going to play, obviously, against righties.

"But we have to do a good job of making sure [Cron is] getting consistent reps. In theory, it's going to be a little easier at the start of the season, because we'll be going against so many lefties. But we know that won't last once we get through that first couple of series."

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Second base appears as though it will be a platoon between Daniel Robertson and Joey Wendle. Like first base, the decision who starts will be driven mostly by who is on the mound for the other team.

"With Robby he'll get some more reps, with [Matt] Duffy and [Adeiny Hechavarria] taking a break here and there," said Cash of Robertson, who can play shortstop and third base. "Duffy has come through spring really, really well. But the last thing we want to do is run him into the ground."

Video: TB@PHI: Robertson hits a homer for Rays' first run

Injury update
Robertson took off Saturday after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand in Friday's split-squad game against the Orioles. Subsequently, Robertson had X-rays that were negative.

"To be this close, winding down to the season, it gets you so you react a little bit," said Robertson, who slammed his helmet to the ground after getting hit. "I've been hit in those areas before, where it's kind of hit the knob [of the bat], or like a deflection into the hand. But I've never been squared up right into the hand. So right when that happened, I reacted a little bit. Obviously, I wasn't too happy. It stung, so I assumed the worst in the moment."

Robertson's fears were quickly alleviated.

"After I got some ice on it, even before I got an X-ray, I was moving it around and I figured I'd be alright," Robertson said. "Got an X-ray just to be [sure], and it came back negative."

Robertson is expected to be available for action on Sunday.

Up next
The Rays will host the Yankees on Sunday in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Charlotte Sports Park. Andrew Kittredge will start for the Rays. He'll be followed by a host of relievers. Brian Keller will start for the Yankees. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.

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