Royals’ Jarrod Dyson plans to return to Kansas City with team, continue rehab as season begins

Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson. jsleezer@kcstar.com

As he continues to recover from a strained oblique muscle, outfielder Jarrod Dyson remains hopeful he will return to the Royals by the middle of April. His return to Kansas City, however, will come this weekend.

Dyson said he will be in Kansas City for opening night and continue his rehab under the supervision of the Royals’ medical staff. He will be at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday night and on Tuesday for the ring ceremony. He will likely head out on a rehab assignment when he is ready, Dyson said.

“I think I’m going to stay in KC until I’m ready to go,” Dyson said earlier this week. “I’m already closing in on my time, plus it’s all about how your body feels, so I’m in a good spot right now. But I still want to give it another week or so, and see where I’m at.”

For now, Dyson said he has begun taking swings in the cage, hitting off a tee and doing some soft-toss flips. He will likely not hit any live batting practice until returning to Kansas City.

“It’s feeling pretty good,” Dyson said. “I’m getting there. I can’t say the pain is all gone. (It’s just) scar tissue breaking up and it causes a little pinch or pain right there. But after I get warmed up, I don’t feel (anything).”