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Jarrod Dyson out six weeks with strained right oblique

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We already have our first injury of the spring.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It only took a few innings for the Royals to suffer their first injury of the year. Jarrod Dyson left today's exhibition game against the Texas Rangers after two innings with what was later diagnosed as a strained right oblique, according to Jeffrey Flanagan.

Dyson was expected to get more playing time this year, platooning with right-handed Paulo Orlando. Oblique injuries can be quite vague, but the more serious injuries can typically keep players out for six weeks.

Four oblique muscles serve as the base of one's core, attaching the rib cage and the pelvis on each side of the body. That region is critical in baseball, a sport that demands twisting and rotating the area while throwing or swinging.

"Ultimately, that's where everything rotates around," said Greg Hauck, the Cardinals' head athletic trainer. "Quite often with players, that is the weak link. That's where you have to pivot or rotate around, whether you're throwing, hitting or anything. That creates a lot of issues when that's injured."

Royals second baseman Omar Infante suffered an oblique strain in September last year that caused him to miss the remainder of the season. With Dyson shelved, that could open the door for non-roster invitee Travis Snider to get more playing time, and could open the door for a player like Brett Eibner, Jose Martinez, or Reymond Fuentes to make the team as a reserve.

Update from Josh Vernier of 610 KCSP:

THURSDAY UPDATE: Dyson will miss six weeks.