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Rays lose All-Star candidate Matt Joyce to DL

Jun 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Matt Joyce Reuters

The Rays have been without their best hitter in Evan Longoria for almost two months now. Now they’re going to be without their second-best for at least two weeks.

Matt Joyce, who leads the team in average, homers and RBI this season, was placed on the disabled list due to his back injury. He last played in Tuesday’s game against the Rays.

The Joyce move was one of six made by the Rays today. The team also optioned outfielder Rich Thompson to Triple-A and designated infielder Drew Sutton for assignment.

Added to the roster were infielders Brooks Conrad and Jeff Keppinger and reliever Brandon Gomes. Conrad was claimed off waivers from the Brewers on Thursday, while Keppinger had been on the DL for the last month due to a broken toe.

Gomes was needed to help out in the pen. With Joel Peralta dropping his appeal Friday, the Rays will play with a 24-man roster for the next eight days.

It certainly won’t be easy going for the Rays offense with both Joyce and Longoria out. Ben Zobrist figures to get most of his time in the outfield while Joyce is sidelined, leaving the Rays to pick between Keppinger, Conrad, Elliot Johnson, Sean Rodriguez and Will Rhymes for three infield spots every night.

  1. jdub01984 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    The MLB needs to spend more time with the schedules if the Rays played themselves on Tuesday.

  2. swag1323 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Not so fast. Maddon has a man crush on Matsui and will have hin in right whenever possible. Zorilla will play 2nd.

  3. kwf1224 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Big loss for the Rays.

  4. hittfamily - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Holy crap man. This is BS. Their LF, CF, RF, DH, 3B, SS, 4th SP, 5th SP, and incumbent closer have all been on the DL this year. 6 of those (Joyce, Longo, Scott, Hell Boy, Nieman, and Farnesworth) are currently on it. They also have to play a man down and without their set up man for the next 8 games.

    Fuck you baseball gods. Last year’s comeback wasn’t woth this!

  5. bobdira - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    The curse of 162????

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