Only a couple of innings into the first spring training exhibition game, and the Royals already have suffered their first injury of the year. Jarrod Dyson had to depart today’s game against the Texas Rangers after what was diagnosed as strained right oblique according to Jeffrey Flanagan.
Dyson has been widely expected to get more playing time this year, platooning with the right-handed Paulo Orlando. However, some oblique injuries can be quite vague. The more serious injuries have typically kept players out for close to six weeks. The oblique muscles serves as the base of one’s core, a region that is critical in a sport that demands twisting and rotating while throwing or swinging.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante suffered an oblique strain last year in September. That injury caused him to miss the rest of season. With Dyson out, an opportunity could present itself for a player like non roster invitee Travis Snider or Brett Eibner to make the team as a reserve.
Update from Josh Vernier, Royals insider at 610 KCSP:
Ned on Dyson’s oblique “We’re looking at a couple weeks, minimum, I’d suspect.” He said he’ll know more tomorrow. #Royals
— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) March 2, 2016
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Main Photo Caption: SURPRISE, AZ – FEBRUARY 25: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)