In four starts last week, Navarro went five for 15 with a run batted in, and he delivered a pinch-hit double in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the
But Scioscia, who has stuck with some struggling veterans longer than most would like — see Steve Finley,
Joyce, 30, also hit .265 with a .365 OBP, eight homers and 45 RBIs in 384 at-bats against right-handers for Tampa Bay last season.
"Obviously, there's a track record," Scioscia said. "You're not going back five years and looking at something he did then. Last year, against right-handers, he got on base, and when he got a chance, he drove the ball. But Matty knows he's 200 plate appearances into the season, which is significant."
Joyce was robbed of a hit in the second when
"I thought Matt had good at-bats," Scioscia said. "He took a walk and really drove that ball to left-center for a triple. Hopefully, we'll be talking about Matt for a long time. His upside is really important to us, and hopefully we'll start to see it come."
As for his daily lineup decision in left field, Scioscia said, "There are a lot of dynamics. We know Matt Joyce, what he needs as the season moves on, how important for us it would be if he swings the bat to his capabilities.