A sprained ankle suffered by Jarrod Dyson in the final game of a three-game series against the Angels on Wednesday has landed him on 15-day disabled list. He suffered the injury attempting to rob a home run by Mike Trout in the eight inning of what was a Royals blowout win.
His placement on the DL is retroacted to Thursday and he will be eligible to return May 31.
Dyson had been seeing increased playing time as a result of the continued struggles of right fielder Jeff Francoeur and a punchless lineup. Since May 10 Dyson has started in four of the Roylas six games, batting .294/.333/.706 with four runs scored and five RBI. Four of his five hits have gone for extra bases, including a home run on May 10. Prior to the injury, it was beginning to appear that Dyson was winning starting spot against right-handed pitching and creating a platoon situation between himself and Francoeur even though manager Ned Yost would not declare that to be true.
The sprained ankle now leaves all of that speculation moot.
David Lough has been called up to replace Dyson on the roster, his second stint with the big league team in two seasons. At Omaha, Lough is batting .340/.393/.477 with three home runs, 17 RBI and 29 runs scored. Last season Lough batted .237/.292/.305 in 65 plate appearances with the Royals.
While Lough is raking in AAA it does not mean he will platoon with Francoeur in right field, leaving some anxious about a lineup that is already struggling with consistency.
Kansas City starts a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics tonight.