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Kansas City Royals RF Jarrod Dyson to miss six weeks

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The Sports Xchange
Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson celebrates after scoring off of a Christian Colon RBI single against the New York Mets in the twelfth inning of game 5 of the World Series at Citi Field in New York City on November 2, 2015. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson celebrates after scoring off of a Christian Colon RBI single against the New York Mets in the twelfth inning of game 5 of the World Series at Citi Field in New York City on November 2, 2015. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

Kansas City Royals starting right fielder Jarrod Dyson will be out six weeks because of a Grade 2 oblique strain.

Dyson, expected to platoon in right field with Paulo Orlando, pulled up lame taking a swing in his first at-bat in Cactus League play on Wednesday. He slowly wandered to first base and was removed after the inning.

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Alex Rios, who started in right field last season, was not re-signed.

In 225 plate appearances last season, Dyson hit .250 with six triples and 26 stolen bases, third in the American League.

Former first-round pick Bubba Starling could be in line for more playing time, but he's not alone because of a surplus of young outfielders for the Royals. Starling, 23, was a top high school recruit in baseball and football and was ready to head to Nebraska to play football before the Royals made the Gardner, Kan., native a first-round draft pick.

Manager Ned Yost said rookies Brett Eibner, Starling, Jose Martinez and veterans Reymond Fuentes and non-roster invitee Travis Snider also will get more chances.

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