Outfielder Jarrod Dyson will not be returning for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ playoff push.
After suffering aggravating his injured groin during a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced that Jarrod Dyson would be moved to the 60-day DL. Prior to the announcement, he had been on the 10-day DL since July 5th.
Steve Gilbert, the D-Backs’ beat writer at MLB.com, revealed on Twitter that in a conversation with manager Torey Lovullo, Dyson knew there was a chance of re-injuring his groin if he tried to come back this year.
Additionally, Gilbert revealed Dyson would be headed for surgery.
Dyson, now 34 years old, is in his ninth MLB season although 2018 was his first in the Valley. This past February, the D-Backs signed Dyson to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
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Before going down with his injury, the speedy outfielder played 67 games with the D-Backs this year. While he didn’t set the world on fire at the plate, he played all three outfield positions well and stole a lot of bases. In fact, Dyson still leads the team in stolen bases (16) and ranks third on the team in defensive runs saved (nine) even though he only played a fraction of the games.
His batting average this year was a poultry .189 but he was hitting better in the weeks before going down. From June 28th until his final appearance on July 4th, Dyson hit .308 with three stolen bases.
Luckily, Steven Souza Jr. improved his play in the second half so Dyson’s absence hasn’t hurt too bad. Still, though, the speed he brings to the lineup would really help down the stretch and into the playoffs. Plus, he won a World Series with Kansas City in 2015 so it would have been nice to have someone in the lineup with that type of experience. If Arizona makes the playoffs, though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the dugout helping out.
As for the future, Dyson is expected to be ready for spring training next year, per Gilbert.