The Rays Tank: The Return Of Matt Joyce

ST. PETERSBURG - JULY 17: Outfielder Matt Joyce #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates victory over the Cleveland Indians during the game at Tropicana Field on July 17, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Re-Joyce!* Matt Joyce returned from the disabled list last night and promptly led the Rays to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Okay, well, technically Joyce went 0-4 with two strikeouts last night, but who's keeping track? Joyce comes back, Rays win -- the narrative writes itself.

*I can't believe no one used this pun first.

Before being injured, Joyce was one of the Rays' best offensive weapons; his .387 wOBA is tops on the team, and his 11 home runs put him only three behind the team lead (Carlos Pena, 14). He's still struggling somewhat against left-handed pitchers, but considering that the Rays have very few offensive weapons this season and their offense is around 7 percent below average, they need all the help they can get.

Now we just need Sam Fuld to come back and he can push Hideki Matsui off the roster. And then, can we please get Brooks Conrad off this roster somehow? I'm finding it increasingly depressing that he's still sticking around. If he's still on the team in early August (which is beginning to seem increasingly likely), I may need to find me some Prozac.

I found some truly excellent links while poking around last night, so be sure to check these out. The first few are particularly interesting:

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