The Rays activated Matt Joyce from the disabled list today. But rather than waive Hideki Matsui, as some speculated and many fans wanted, the Rays instead optioned Will Rhymes to the minors (via TampaBay.com).
On the surface, this move makes sense as Ben Zobrist will now move back to second base with Joyce reclaiming his spot in right field. But it also makes me wonder how Rhymes can go from being the team’s best option at the leadoff spot two days in a row, to being a worse option than Matsui on the bench? Or maybe one of the worst hitters in baseball shouldn’t have been leading off.