Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 3 Days
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.. LAA 4 Days
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.. LAA 6 Days
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.. LAA 17 Days
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.. LAA 18 Days
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.. LAA 20 Days
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.. LAA 26 Days
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.
Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months
Joyce agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million deal with the Angels on Monday, the OC Register reports.The deal avoids arbitration for the two sides and keeps Joyce with the Angles after he came over in a December trade with the Rays. Joyce hit .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBI for Tampa Bay, while posting a career-best .349 OBP. The 30-year-old is expected to be part of a platoon in left field, likely with Collin Cowgill, until Josh Hamilton recovers from shoulder surgery.
Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months
With Josh Hamilton's availability for the season opener in jeopardy following shoulder surgery, Joyce will likely serve as the Angels' primary left fielder, Orange County Register reports.
Joyce's dreadful career numbers against left-handed pitching (.l89/.258/.316 over 358 plate appearances) will probably relegate him to the large side of a platoon with Collin Cowgill, so not much figures to change for Joyce from a fantasy perspective with the move to the outfield. The Angels had earmarked Joyce for the DH role against right-handers, but if Hamilton does indeed miss action, those duties would likely be passed over to C.J. Cron.
Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 3 Months
The Rays traded Joyce to the Angels on Tuesday for right-hander Kevin Jepsen, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Joyce was heavily shielded from left-handed pitching last season, which allowed him to hit .254, the second-highest average of his career. He smacked just nine homers in 140 games, however, the first time he has failed to reach double-digits since 2009. His role with the Angels is to be determined, but it seems likely he'll serve on the favorable end of a platoon at DH with C.J. Cron.