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 Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.