Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kansas City Royals Lose Dyson For 2-4 Weeks

Kansas City Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson will be out two to four weeks because of a high mild right
ankle sprain he sustained last Wednesday night.
Dyson was attempting to catch Mike Trout's home run in the 9-5 victory over the Angels at Anaheim. He jammed his foot against the wall padding and threw himself up in the attempt to catch Trout's hit. Dyson hung on the fence for several moments, almost delaying returning to the ground on his injured foot. He left the game after eight innings, limping as he left the outfield.
He returned to Kansas City last Friday to have his sprained ankle evaluated by team physicians. Dyson was consequently placed on the 15-day disabled list and outfielder David Lough was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. Dyson is the first A's player to be placed on the disabled list all season.
This injury must be disappointing for Dyson, who was getting some playing time after starting the season as the team's reserve outfielder. He had started five of the last eight games, filling in for Jeff Francoeur, who is 4-for-34, .118 in May. Manager Ned Yost was using Dyson in center and shifted Lorenzo Cain to Francoeur's position in right field.
Dyson, known for his speed, had been at the leadoff spot in his last three starts. He was hitting .268 with eight RBIs and six stolen bases in seven attempts. He hit a three-run homer on May 10th in a 11-6 loss against the Yankees, his second Major League home run.
Of his speed, Yost said, "He's getting better and better and better all the time."
Dyson was originally supposed to be examined by doctors in Oakland, but the plan was changed. "When he woke up, it was actually a little more sore, which is not always a good thing, especially for a speed guy," said Yost.
Lough is also a left-handed batter and has a .340 average with the Storm Chasers, with three home runs, three triples, six doubles, five stolen bases, and 17 RBIs in 36 games. He can play all three outfield positions. Lough, 27, got his first Major League experience last September with the Royals and had a .237 average in 20 games. For Omaha last season Lough hit .275 with 10 home runs, 40 base hits, and 69 RBIs. In 2009 Lough led the entire Kansas City organization with a .325 average for Class-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas and won the George Brett Hitter of the Year Award.
Reference: MLB.
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