Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson out six weeks with oblique injury

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Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson strained his right oblique muscle Wednesday and the team announced today that he’s expected to miss six weeks with a Grade 2 strain.

That puts his status for Opening Day very much in doubt, which is a tough break for Dyson given that the Royals decided not to pursue veteran corner outfielders in order to give him an extended opportunity to be an everyday player after years as a part-timer.

Now he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list and Dyson’s injury opens the door for guys like Paolo Orlando and Travis Snider to claim significant playing time. It’s also possible that the Royals will dip into the minors for a right fielder fill-in like Brett Eibner if they think Dyson’s recovery timetable may drag on.

Dyson, who logged 290 plate appearances last season while Alex Rios served as the Royals’ starting right fielder, is a 30-year-old career .255 hitter with a .664 OPS who adds tons of value defensively and on the bases.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.