Chris Archer is expected to join the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday according to a Tampa Bay Times report. The right-handed prospect will be recalled to be a possible spot starter as the regular season draws to a close:
Archer, 23, was impressive in a short stint with Tampa Bay earlier this season, going 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA while filling in for then-injured RHP Jeremy Hellickson. Archer was 7-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 25 starts for Triple-A Durham.
Archer was a key component in the eight-player trade that sent Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs in January. He was considered one of the Cubs top pitching talents but struggled with his command at times. He was rated as the Rays' third best prospect and the 89th best pitching prospect prior to the 2012 season.