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Royals rained out

September 1, 2012

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— Jarrod Dyson can still help the Kansas City Royals with his speed. Playing the outfield, however, is out for now.

Dyson injured his shoulder Monday making a catch. An MRI taken Friday before the Royals and Minnesota Twins were postponed by rain revealed Dyson has a strained latissimus dorsi muscle.

“That’s what it shows,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We’ll shut him down from throwing.”

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

The Twins will start a pair of rookie right-handers in the twinbill, scheduled to begin at 3:10 p.m. Cole De Vries (3-5) will pitch the first game against fellow Friday starter Will Smith (4-6), Kansas City’s rookie left-hander.

Liam Hendricks (0-7) is set to start in the nightcap against right-hander Luke Hochevar (7-12).

With major-league clubs able to expand rosters from 25 to 40 today, Yost said there is no need to put Dyson on the disabled list. Yost said the club would “probably have to bring an outfielder up” with Dyson’s injury.

Dyson’s best tool is his speed. He has 25 stolen bases in 28 attempts and is tied for ninth in the AL with five triples.

“He’ll still be a valuable piece for us late in the game to be able to pinch run, so we can use him in that capacity,” Yost said. “The only thing it limits is his throwing.”

Dyson, who has hit .375 in his past 14 games, is hitting .270 with a .333 on-base percentage.

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