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.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.