Keep in mind, Jarrod Dyson’s stint in Omaha is his spring training.
That’s why the Royals, manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore are open ended about the outfielder’s return.
“No time frame,” Yost said. “When we get back home, Dayton and I are going to discuss it. The fact remains he didn’t have a spring training. One at-bat.”
That at-bat in the spring training opener confirmed to Dyson that he had suffered a strained oblique.
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His recovery included opening the season on a rehab assignment for the Class AAA Storm Chasers, and Dyson has worked his way back to playing nine-inning games.
After Saturday he was hitting .250 in 20 at-bats and opened Sunday’s game at New Orleans with a base hit, stolen base and run scored.
“We’re trying to get some at-bats under his belt and get him ready for the grind,” Yost said.
The Royals are carrying five outfielders with Paulo Orlando and Reymond Fuentes platooning in right field. Fuentes brought a .294 batting average into Sunday’s game. Orlando is hitting .294.
Terrance Gore, the fifth outfielder, has appeared in one game this season but won a game for the Royals with his extraordinary speed a week ago against the Twins.
As a pinch-runner, Gore went from first to third on an errant pickoff attempt, then scored the winning run on a wild pitch that rolled no more than 15 feet from the catcher. The Royals had scored without a hit.