Joyce, 24, the No. 4 selection of the Boston Bruins in the 1984 draft, has been bothered by a knee injury most of the season. He had completed a two-week conditioning assignment with the Skipjacks on Sunday, and was placed on waivers by Washington on Monday.
Traded to the Capitals in 1989 for Dave Christian, Joyce has seven goals and six assists in 19 games with the Skipjacks. He will return to the Baltimore lineup in a home game tomorrow (7:35 p.m.) against the Southern Division-leading Rochester Americans.
Because of Washington's call-up of right wing Reggie Savage and injuries to left wing Steve Maltais (thigh bruise), right wing Jeff Greenlaw (ankle) and center Victor Gervais (back), the Skipjacks dressed only nine forwards for Tuesday's game with the Hershey Bears.
Savage, who made his NHL debut with the Capitals in a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, will be with Washington at least through Sunday.
The Capitals play at home tomorrow (8:05 p.m.) against the Edmonton Oilers and Sunday (1:35 p.m.) against the Philadelphia Flyers. Washington then goes on a three-game Western trip.