Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson will likely miss six weeks with an oblique strain, manager Ned Yost told reporters Thursday.
Dyson, 31, left Wednesday’s Cactus League game with the injury after his first at-bat.
Yost said Dyson is expected to start the rehabilitation process within the next week to 10 days.
Dyson, who is entering his seventh season with the Royals, was expected to start as Kansas City’s primary right fielder this season.
In 90 games in 2015, Dyson batted .250 and stole 26 bases for the Royals’ championship squad. He is a career .255 hitter with 146 stolen bases in his MLB tenure.
The Royals open the 2016 season at home on April 3 against the New York Mets.