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Indians Inform OF Matt Joyce He’s Not Making the Opening Day Roster

As the spring moves along, one player that won’t be breaking camp and making the big league roster for the Indians is that of outfielder Matt Joyce.

Joyce, who inked a minor league deal with a chance to compete in spring training for the Tribe to earn a roster spot back on February 8th, was told today by manager Terry Francona that he won’t be making the teams’ opening day roster.

The move is not much of a surprise, as Joyce was not exactly hitting the cover off the ball this spring, going 11-for-27 (.185) with no homers and three RBI.

With the emergence of Oscar Mercado and Daniel Johnson, the Indians outfield still has a long way to go, but some of the young players are pushing for jobs, making for tough decisions for the front office and Francona with just two weeks left before the opener.

Last season in 83 games with the Oakland A’s, Joyce hit .207 with seven homers and 15 RBI with a .353 slugging percentage.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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  1. Darren Foster

    March 15, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    ummm…..yeah, 11 for 27 is hitting over .400, not .185.

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