SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jarrod Dyson is easing into Spring Training and taking special care with his right shoulder, which was injured in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Dyson was playing in just his seventh game for Caracas when he chased a fly ball and crashed into the padded wall to make a catch. He felt his shoulder pop out of place and then back in as he hit the ground. The play clinched a 3-1 win over Margarita, but it also ended Dyson's season, as he returned to the United States for treatment.
"The reason I was so mad is it was the last out of the game," Dyson said. "But that's what happens when you play hard."
It's his throwing shoulder and, as a left-handed hitter, it's his dominant side at the plate. But Dyson, who swiped a total of 49 bases last year for Kansas City (11) and Triple-A Omaha (38) says that part of his game is not affected.
"The legs are ready," he said. "My goal is to steal 50 bases this year. I've never done that."