The Oakland A’s activated outfielder Matt Joyce from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, the team announced. To make room on the roster, fellow outfielder Jake Smolinski was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
Joyce last played on June 2 before missing nearly three weeks with a back strain. He’s struggled at the plate for most of the season, but for what it’s worth the injury had reportedly been a problem for a while even before he landed on the DL. He also started slow in 2017 before heating up for the final four-plus months.
Joyce, 2018: .196/.308/.369, 89 wRC+, 7 HR, 13.6% BB, 23.1% Ks
On the way out for now is Smolinski. He was called up a couple weeks ago and made it into three games during this MLB stint, including one start and two pinch-hitting appearances. Overall he went 1-for-5 with an infield single and a strikeout.
Smolinski, 2018: .128/.171/.205, -1 wRC+, 0 HR, 2.4% BB, 24.4% Ks
The A’s outfield now consists of Joyce, Dustin Fowler, Stephen Piscotty, Mark Canha, and Chad Pinder, with Khris Davis serving as the DH. The roster is also back up to two Matts (Olson and Joyce), with Chapman still on the DL. Click here for recent updates on the other members of Oakland’s disabled list.
The A’s are playing an unscheduled doubleheader on Friday, which means they’re allowed to add a 26th player for the second game of the day. That player will be lefty reliever Danny Coulombe, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. No other roster moves are needed to accommodate this addition.