Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 2 days ago

Joyce is out of the lineup Saturday against the Astros, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

Joyce just rattled off six consecutive starts, including one against a southpaw, but he will give way to Collin Cowgill on Saturday with lefty Dallas Keuchel on the bump for Houston. It appears Joyce, who is off to a 7-for-33 start, will be deployed in a sort of soft platoon in left field moving forward.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 1 week ago

Joyce isn't in the lineup Friday against the Royals.

Joyce will get another day off Friday with a south paw on the mound in Jason Vargas. Given his poor splits against lefties, this will likely continue to be the case moving forward. Collin Cowgill will once again start in left field in his place Friday, batting eighth.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 2 weeks ago

Joyce is out of the lineup Tuesday.

With a lefty on the mound Collin Cowgill will get the start in left field. Joyce has just a .189/.258/.316 career slash line against lefties, so look for this to be a trend going forward. That said, he should be back in the lineup Wednesday with righty Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 4 weeks ago

Joyce said his hamstring felt good after Wednesday's spring training game against the Indians, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Joyce, who sat out all but one of the previous seven games, singled, homered and walked in three at-bats, but the biggest takeaway was the health of his hamstring. "You know, it was a really good test," said Joyce. "The hamstring felt great. It's just reassuring to go out there and not worry about something hurting and to feel healthy going into the season." Joyce has played in only nine games this spring due to the hamstring, as well as some soreness in his rib cage. He's expected to play an integral role for the Angels this season as a middle-of-the-order bat against right-handed pitchers. "If you look at our projected lineup, there are only three left-handed hitters, Matt, Kole Calhoun and Erick Aybar, and Matt is the only one who can hit in the middle of the order," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His bat is important to us."

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 4 weeks ago

Joyces (hamstring) went 2-for-2 with a single, home run and a walk in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

Joyce has played in just eight games this spring as the result of the injury, and while he should have enough time to be ready for opening day, the 30-year-old hasn't had much time to get work in against lefties, which may result in Joyce and Collin Cowgill beginning the season as a platoon in left field.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 1 month ago

Despite logging just 18 plate appearances so far this spring, the Angels believe Joyce will be ready for Opening Day, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

He has missed a week with a tight right hamstring, but says he hopes to get back into action in the next couple days, possibly as the designated hitter. Since he has been able to keep swinging, his timing at the plate should not be a problem to open the season, and the Angels could use him at DH in the early going until he is fully recovered from his hamstring ailment. Collin Cowgill and C.J. Cron will help spell Joyce in left field and at DH as needed.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 1 month ago

Joyce was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game due to a balky hamstring, but he is expected to return Friday, mlb.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Joyce already missed a few games because of stiffness in his right side, but he still has plenty of time to get at-bats before the season. He'll be a fixture in the lineup when the Angels face right-handed pitching.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 1 month ago

Joyce went 1-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Rangers.

Joyce missed the previous two days while dealing with tightness in his side, but the ailment is not expected to be an issue going forward. Initially expected to be the left-handed side of a platoon in left field with Collin Cowgill this season in the absence of Josh Hamilton (shoulder), it seems Joyce can win the starting job outright if he performs this spring. He has tallied two hits and a walk in three games.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 1 month ago

Joyce missed the last two games with stiffness in his right side but expects to play Tuesday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

He was able to take batting practice Monday and says he is not worried about the stiffness going forward. Look for Joyce to see the majority of the at-bats in left field for a good chunk of the season as Josh Hamilton (shoulder/impending suspension) is out indefinitely. Collin Cowgill should also see some starts in left, but Joyce is the one to target in fantasy drafts.

Matt Joyce LF/RF/DH LAA 2 months ago

Joyce will see more time against left-handed hitters this spring, according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com

It was initially thought that Joyce would enter the season as the favorable side of a platoon with Collin Cowgilll in left field, and while that still may be the case, the fact that the team wants to give him opportunities against lefties could indicate that he will have a chance to win the job outright. With Josh Hamilton (shoulder) likely to receive a suspension for drug abuse after he is healthy enough to play, Joyce could hold the position for a large portion of the season, giving his value a boost in standard leagues.