Joyce got the start in right field and hit eighth in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader in Cleveland, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Nick Markakis was able to DH in an American League park, giving Joyce a rare starting opportunity. The journeyman outfielder only has three hits in 16 plate appearances on the year, but all three have gone for extra bases (a double and two homers).
Joyce remains out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Though he's been on the active roster all season, Joyce has yet to draw a start through the Braves' first 18 games. The 34-year-old has logged only 12 plate appearances off the bench and should continue to see most of his limited opportunities as a pinch hitter against right-handed pitching.
Joyce went 1-for-1 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to Philadelphia. Joyce was called on to pinch hit in the seventh inning and came through with a two-run blast to right field. After fighting to make the Opening Day roster, Joyce is already proving his worth off the bench, although it remains to be seen if he can consistently provide power for the Braves in his age-34 season, especially after he struggled to stay healthy in Oakland a year ago. He finished the 2018 campaign with seven homers and 15 RBI over 83 contests.
Joyce will be on the Braves' Opening Day roster, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports. With Adam Duvall being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, Joyce, who was recently acquired from San Francisco, will break camp with the Braves in a reserve outfield role. The veteran hit just .208/.322/.353 with seven homers in 83 games for the A's last season.
Joyce was traded from the Giants to the Braves in exchange for cash considerations Saturday. Joyce is now on his third team of camp, having spent the bulk of the spring with Cleveland and all of three days in San Francisco. The Braves have only Adam Duvall as a pure outfielder on the bench, though utility players Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo can fill in as needed. Joyce could make the team by beating one of those players out or convincing the Braves to take one more bench bat, though he'll have a very short time to impress his new team.
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