Joyce is "stiff and sore"
OF Matt Joyce is not in the lineup today for a reason - he said he was "stiff and sore" after playing back-to-back games since coming off the DL.
Joyce said when the coaches asked him after Wednesday's game about playing the day game after the night game, he said he wasn't sure how he'd feel this morning so they opted for caution in starting Hideki Matsui in rightfield.
And when Joyce got up today, it was the right decision as he felt "stiff and sore" and was not moving well in the clubhouse. He had been out a month with oblique and lower back strains.
"I was stiff and sore but a lot of guys are still and sore right now,' Joyce said. "At this point it is what it is and it's one of those things I just have to play through.''