Joyce confirms setback, felt tightness, discomfort
UPDATE, 5:53: Manager Joe Maddon said Joyce was flying back to be checked out in St. Petersburg, and is definitely out until after the ALl-Star break, though the latest issues was "nothing horrible.'' Maddon also siad it is considered to be more of a back issue than related to the oblique, and that it happened after a slide.
UPDATE, 3:16: Rays OF Matt Joyce confirmed this afternoon he is headed back to St. Petersburg today after "tightness and a little discomfort" in his ower back forced him out of his rehab game on Wednesday.
Joyce said, in a text message, the latest development felt different than the strained oblique that landed him on the DL. Either way, it definitely pushes his return, which he hoped to make Friday, back until after the All-Star break.
"Honestly, doesn't feel like the same thing,'' Joyce said. "Feels like the left lower back, but that's what I thought last time, so we'll see. ... At least we have the All-Star break to soak up some time.''
BREAKING: Rays outfielder Matt Joyce (left oblique strain) said he hoped he'd be able to rejoin the team this weekend in Cleveland after only a couple rehab games with Triple-A Durham.
But that remains a question after Joyce pulled himself out of Wednesday's game with the Bulls after just three at-bats due to lower back tightness, according to the Durham Herald-Sun. Joyce had played six innings in rightfield.
“He felt something, and when somebody feels something in rehab, you take them out,” Durham manager Charlie Montoyo told the Sun.
It could have been just a precautionary move, and Joyce could continue his rehab assignment if he feels improvement. He's been out since June 20 and is eligible to come off the DL today. But with how cautious the Rays are with their rehabbing players, you wonder if they might give Joyce through the All-Star break before returning rather than rush him back for a few games this weekend.