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Matt Joyce day-to-day with cramps and quad tightness

May 14, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

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Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is batting a blistering .360/.414/.588 with five home runs and 17 RBI through 36 games this season.

Unfortunately, he might have to put that early offensive momentum on hold for a couple of days.

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that Joyce made an early exit from Saturday’s 6-0 loss to the Orioles because of tightness in his right quadriceps muscle. He also had cramping in both of his legs and was given IV fluids after the game to help his hydration level.

Joyce is hoping to be ready for Sunday’s series finale against the O’s, but there’s no guarantee. He went 0-for-3 before being replaced in the lineup by Elliot Johnson, who finished the game at second base. Ben Zobrist moved out to right field.

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