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."
Yeah strained oblique for Dyson isn't very fun. The average oblique strain days on DL in 2015 was ~57 days.— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) March 2, 2016
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:
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
THURSDAY UPDATE: Dyson will miss six weeks.
Grade II Oblique strain for Jarrod Dyson, Yost says. He's out six weeks.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) March 3, 2016