Pirates place P Chris Archer on 10-Day IL

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park on September 19, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH– The Pirates have lost one of the team’s top starters to injury.

The team placed P Chris Archer on the 10-Day Injured List with right thumb inflammation.

To replace him on the roster, the team has called up reliever Michael Feliz.

Archer, 30, has continued his so-so performance since being acquired halfway through last season.

In 2019, Archer has made 5 starts and gone 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA.

However, reports say that Archer’s average fastball velocity has also dropped nearly two miles an hour, to a career-low 93.4 MPH.

The Pirates will need the pitcher to return in short order to have any chance at making a push for the postseason.

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