Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is batting a blistering .360/.414/.588 with five home runs and 17 RBI through 36 games this season.
Unfortunately, he might have to put that early offensive momentum on hold for a couple of days.
Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that Joyce made an early exit from Saturday’s 6-0 loss to the Orioles because of tightness in his right quadriceps muscle. He also had cramping in both of his legs and was given IV fluids after the game to help his hydration level.
Joyce is hoping to be ready for Sunday’s series finale against the O’s, but there’s no guarantee. He went 0-for-3 before being replaced in the lineup by Elliot Johnson, who finished the game at second base. Ben Zobrist moved out to right field.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.