Twins Place Struggling Starter On IL

He left Saturday's start after just two innings due to pectoral tightness, now Minnesota Twins right-hander Chris Archer is headed to the injured list.

Archer is hopeful that he'll be able to return in the minimum 15 days, as reported by Twins beat writer Do-Hyoung Park. 

“He didn’t look like himself from the very beginning of the outing,” Baldelli said“He was getting worked on in the tunnel (between innings). I didn't realize it was his pec even. He was getting a couple of things worked on. That combined with just general mannerisms and understanding him and where he's at, I knew physically he wasn't feeling really good. Then combining that with obviously what we were seeing out on the field, both command and stuff were off.”

Archer hasn't gone deeper than five innings in any of his 25 starts this season. He's struggled horribly, especially of late. 

The 33-year-old was 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA in his previous 10 starts. the Twins had lost 9 of those 10. Overall, he has a 4.56 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, along with a 2-8 record. 

The Twins are slumping as a whole, having lost 8 of their last 10 games, and have dropped to 69-69, 3.5 games behind the Cleveland Guardians, and 2.0 back of the Chicago White Sox, in the battle for the AL Central, and a way into the post-season. The Wild Card seems out of reach for both the Twins (8.5 back) and the ChiSox (6.5 back).

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