Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson is likely to miss the start of the season as he is set to be out of action for six weeks after suffering an oblique strain.
Dyson sustained the injury while batting during the reigning World Series champions’ 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers in their spring training opener on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain after undergoing an MRI scan, which normally takes six weeks to heal. As a result, Royals manager Ned Yost reiterated that Dyson is highly likely to be placed on the disabled list for the start of the season.
“It really affects everything he does: running, fielding, throwing hitting,” Yost told reporters. “We have to get that inflammation out of there, seven to 10 days of no activity. Then build him up on a progression.”
Dyson meanwhile is staying positive and remains focused on returning as soon as possible.
“I just got to think positive,” he said. “I can't stay mad about what happened. Just get over it, rehab and try to get out there as soon as possible.”
The Royals kick off their 2016 MLB season against the New York Mets, the team they beat 4-1 to win the World Series last season, on April 3.