Angels scratch Joyce prior to game vs. Cubs

Angels scratch Joyce prior to game vs. Cubs

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels left fielder Matt Joyce was a late scratch from the Angels' lineup Thursday, prompting Collin Cowgill to take his place against the Cubs.

Joyce missed a couple games over the weekend because of some soreness in his right side, but returned to the lineup Tuesday and notched three hits in five at-bats over the next two games.

The Angels did not provide an immediate reason for Joyce's absence.

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