Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Jun 10, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 10, 2011 at 06:18 PM
BY ROGER MOONEY
BALTIMORE Matt Joyce was scratched from tonight’s lineup for what has been officially described as “post-injection soreness.”
Joyce remained in Los Angeles Thursday and had a cortisone shot in his left shoulder. The Rays right fielder said he was bothered by soreness in the shoulder for the past week to two weeks.
“We figured we had an off day and tried to take advantage of it. Came in today and it was still really sore,” Joyce said. “It was sore from the shot not from the injury. I don’t know if you can call it an injury.”
Joyce said he could be used as a pinch-hitter tonight and expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow night.
“These shots normally clear him up for a long period of time,” Joe Maddon said. “I don’t know how it’s going to be addressed in the future. But for right now he should be fine for tomorrow.”
This is a reoccurring problem with Joyce. He had a shot in January and might get one later in the season if the soreness returns.
While he throws with his right arm, Maddon said Joyce’s batting stance where he holds his left elbow high contributes to the problem.
“It’s something that can reoccur but manageable during the season by doing what we’re doing right now,” Maddon said.