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Joyce’s back is an issue in rehab start

Posted Jul 5, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Rays RF Matt Joyce removed himself from Wednesday’s Durham Bulls game because of tightness in his lower back, the same symptom that led him to the disabled list with an oblique strain.

“He felt something, and when somebody feels something in rehab, you take them out,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters after the game.

Joyce, who began what was expected to be a brief two-game rehab assignment with the Triple A club Wednesday, was 0-for-2 with a walk before leaving the game.

Joyce is eligible to come off the disabled list tonight, and the Rays were hoping to have him play the final two games of a four-game series with the Indians that leads into the All-Star Break.

Those plans might have changed. We’ll know more later today.

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