​With the All-Star break nearing for the MLB, the Tampa Bay Rays will receive a much-needed boost to their rotation. 

After missing time with an abdominal strain, former All-Star ​Chris Archer is ready to return to action. The Rays have announced that Archer has been activated from the 10-day DL, as they've optioned Andrew Kittredge to Triple-A in the process.

Despite hovering around .500 for the season, Tampa Bay is miles away from catching Boston or New York in the AL East. However, Archer returning should immediately aid their starting pitching. 

It hasn't been a spectacular year for Archer, who currently holds an unimpressive 4.24 ERA and a 3-4 record. An upcoming series with the Tigers awaits, as the Rays desperately hope Archer can rediscover himself on the mound.

​Blake Snell has been quite the workhorse for the Rays this season, yet their pitching staff will undoubtedly welcome Archer back with open arms.