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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Positive prognosis for Joyce
Posted Mar 8, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Mar 8, 2009 at 12:33 PM
FORT MYERS—The much-anticipated announcement about Matt Joyce’s condition turned out to be good news.
Executive vice president Andrew Friedman said the outfielder, who has been sidelined all spring by a murky problem with his lower right leg, is suffering from tendinitis.
“Through our research and studies, we determined it’s something that’s been there for a long time and is just really presenting itself with symptoms,” Friedman said.
At this point, the condition isn’t serious, and Friedman said the Rays expect Joyce to be on the field going through drills within the next few days, ultimately building up to game action during spring training.
“Right now the plan of attack is to support the ankle and to work him into playing shape. We’re cautiously optimistic that this is behind us, but in the event that it flares back up and prevents him from playing, we’re going to have to explore other courses of action.”
Friedman described surgery as the worst-case scenario for the Tampa native, but the Rays hope and believe that won’t be necessary.
“I think all of us kind of feared that it may be something worse, so it was very good news,” said Friedman. “That said, we’re not completely out of the woods yet. We’re cautiously optimistic that we’ll be able to get through it, but it’s by no means a certainty.”