Dyson will be a free agent after the season.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jarrod Dyson’s 2017 season with the Mariners is over.
Before Monday’s game with the Rangers at Globe Life Park, manager Scott Servais confirmed that Dyson did not make the trip and has instead elected to have surgery to repair what head athletic trainer Rick Griffin labeled: a core muscle injury/sports.
“It’s a very minor thing that won’t affect him at all going forward, but he chose to have it done at this time,” Servais said. “He’s obviously done for the season.”
Dyson tweaked his groin on a play in the outfield and went on the disabled list on Aug. 19. He returned on Aug. 31 but wasn’t quite 100 percent.
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He played in just two games after being activated — a complete game on Sept. 1 and then exiting the game the following day in the sixth inning with more tightness/discomfort in the groin area.
“When he was healthy, he did a lot for us in the outfield defense-wise and what he can do on the bases, that’s his game,” Servais said. “Unfortunately, he decided he couldn’t play through it.”
Dyson played in 111 games, batting .251 with a .324 on-base percentage, 13 doubles, three triples, five homers, 30 RBI and 28 stolen bases. He had 11 assists in the outfield and had 15 defensive runs saved. The Mariners acquired him from Kansas City for pitcher Nathan Karns in the offseason.
The Mariners will continue to use Guillermo Heredia as the every day centerfielder. Jacob Hannemann, who was recently claimed off waivers from the Cubs, could also see a spot start in center.
A free agent after this season, Dyson will likely test the open market. After climbing each rung of the Royals system and not debuting till age 26, his first free year of free agency comes at age 33. This may be his best chance to sign a quality deal. Seattle likes Dyson’s defense and baserunning, but the Mariners have three young controllable outfielders in Heredia, Ben Gamel and Mitch Haniger and top prospect Kyle Lewis likely headed to the Class AA level next season.
The Mariners activated right-hander Ryan Weber from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted him to Class AAA Tacoma. Weber, 26, made one abbreviated start for the Mariners this season on May 13 at Toronto. He left that game with pain in his biceps and was placed on the disabled list. He will be a minor league free agent after the season.
The Philadelphia Phillies claimed lefty Zac Curtis off of waivers. Curtis, 25, was designated for assignment on Sept. 4 to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Jacob Hannemann and pitcher Seth Frankow, who were claimed off waivers from the Cubs. Curtis appeared in three games with the Mariners, pitching 4 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He posted a 3.51 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 41 relief appearances. Seattle acquired Curtis as part of the trade that also netted them Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger from the Diamondbacks.