Joyce frustrated by injury, eager to return

Joyce frustrated by injury, eager to return

Joyce frustrated by injury, eager to return
PHILAELPHIA -- Matt Joyce has finally been getting a chance to play against left-handers more often, which added to his frustrations after going on the disabled list Friday.

"I felt like I was contributing a lot and we were kind of hanging in there," Joyce said. "I was getting a chance to play every day and started to feel really comfortable, and it's really unfortunate."

A doctor examined Joyce prior to Thursday's game in Washington and diagnosed an oblique injury. Joyce took some swings Friday to test out the injury before the final decision was made.

"The thing is we don't want it to be a serious [oblique injury]," Joyce said. "So take a little time and let it heal fully."

Joyce said he thinks he will be ready before his 15-day stint (retroactive to June 20) runs its course.