SURPRISE, Arizona (CBSSports.com) – Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson will be sidelined for roughly six weeks because of a strained right oblique. Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports that Dyson is likely to open the regular season on the disabled list. Dyson suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 6-2 spring loss to the Rangers.
Dyson, 31, is slated to serve as Kansas City’s starting right fielder this season after spending the past few years as their fourth outfielder. He’s a career .255/.320/.343 (87 OPS+) hitter fully capable of stealing 30-plus bases and playing outstanding defense.
The Royals re-signed Alex Gordon over the winter but did let Alex Rios walk. While Dyson is out, Paulo Orlando will likely step into right field. The team has Travis Snider in camp as a non-roster player, as well.