The Royals have been generally healthy for the past few seasons, dodging any injuries that have a lasting effect on the ball club. In 2016 however, they got hit with the injury bug on the first day of Spring Training.
An MRI confirmed that outfielder Jarrod Dyson suffered a Grade 2 oblique strain in the team’s Cactus League opener against the Texas Rangers. Dyson suffered the injury swinging the bat on Wednesday in the team’s initial Cactus League game, but reports say that he initially suffered the injury the day before.
The 31-year old entered camp with an opportunity at an everyday job after being limited to pinch-running and defensive replacement duties each year since 2010. The 50th round draft pick out of Southwest Mississippi Community College figured to share playing time with Paulo Orlando in right field before suffering the injury. Now Dyson will likely miss a good portion of the first month of the season in addition to missing all of Spring Training.
Orlando will likely enter the regular season as the favorite to garner the bulk of the playing time in right, while the roles of Reymond Fuentes, Brett Eibner and Jose Martinez this spring just got more important as they now have a legitimate chance to take Dyson’s spot on the Opening Day roster.
Kansas City opens up the 2016 campaign at home on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on April 3rd in a World Series rematch against the New York Mets.