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Matt Joyce is dealing with elbow soreness

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Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce is suffering from a prolonged bout of right elbow soreness, according to a report from Julian McWilliams of The Athletic. Joyce hasn’t made a start in the outfield for six consecutive days and will likely be kept off the field for another week, though McWilliams adds that he should still have plenty of time to recover by Opening Day.

Joyce, 33, is entering his second season with the club. He produced some career-high totals in 2017, slashing .243/.335/.473 with 25 home runs, an .808 OPS and 2.4 fWAR in 544 plate appearances. Entering 2018, the veteran outfielder is expected to shift from right field to left field, where he’ll platoon with Chad Pinder as Stephen Piscotty takes over in the right field corner.

While concerning, it doesn’t look like Joyce’s elbow issues will keep him sidelined for much longer. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the left fielder has already started a throwing program, which will help him work back to full strength prior to the A’s season opener on March 29. In the meantime, he’ll be confined to DH duties over the team’s remaining 17 Cactus League contests.

The Milwaukee Brewers perform “The Sandlot”

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A lot of teams do funny promo videos during spring training. The Seattle Mariners have led the league in this category for years now, with their marketing and p.r. folks producing and a lot of game and sometimes hammy players starring in some excellent clips. They’re doing them again this year, if you’re curious.

The Milwaukee Brewers have hopped on the humor train in 2018, and their latest entry in this category of commercials is excellent. It’s their riff on “The Sandlot.”

The biggest difference: Smalls really could kill you in this one. Brett Phillips is a lot more jacked than the kid who played Scotty in the original was.

The Beast, however, is just as terrifying now as he was in 1993.