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.
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.