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Matt Joyce rejoins Rays after month-long oblique injury

Jul 17, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay’s struggling offense gets a boost tonight, as Matt Joyce returns from the disabled list after missing the past month with an oblique injury.

Joyce went 2-for-8 with a double in two games at Single-A and his return as the Rays’ primary right fielder means that Ben Zobrist will shift from the outfield to second base.

To make room for Joyce on the roster the Rays optioned Will Rhymes to Triple-A after the 29-year-old infielder hit just .233 with one homer and a .598 OPS in 45 games. Joyce batted .279 with 11 homers and an .899 OPS in 62 games before the injury and has been one of the more underrated hitters in the league since becoming a regular in 2010.

As a team the Rays have hit just .222 with a .301 on-base percentage and .347 slugging percentage since June 1.

  1. Joe - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    He’s not underrated in the Michael Young sense of the word, mind you, but underrated nonetheless.

  2. raysfan1 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Well that’s gotta help some. Lately the Rays have been the Fightin’ Mendozas.

  3. ronswansonsdinner - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Should have dropped Matsui…guy is done.

    • hittfamily - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      That was my exact thought!!! The guy is terrible. He has done nothing to warrant a roster spot. I’d much rather have Rhymes at bat than Matsui, and Rhymes is terrible. Hopefully Fuld is back soon, and Matsui will be DFA’d for sure.

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