ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays affiliates at Triple-A Durham, Double-A Montgomery, Class A Charlotte and Class A Bowling Green began play on Thursday. Among the players wearing a Durham uniform is Matt Joyce, who is beginning a rehab assignment for his strained right elbow.
Maddon discussed the plan for Joyce, who had been earmarked for platoon duty in right field heading into Spring Training before the elbow problem.
"He's going to DH," Maddon said. "We're going to work him in, throwing-wise. He's going to be on a throwing program to morph him into playing the outfield and throwing from the outfield again.
"We wanted to maintain the integrity of 100 at-bats in Spring Training. We did not want him just sitting around waiting for his arm to be well to rehab him. So taking our best guess, it looks like if we start him right now as a hitter, that by the time his rehab assignment is up, he should be about ready to throw full strength from the outfield."