Matt Joyce day-to-day with cramps and quad tightness

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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.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.