Twins’ Reliever Sam Dyson Might Not Play Baseball Until 2021

Sam Dyson. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock

Minnesota Twins are bound to enter the postseason without their trade deadline acquisition in reliever Sam Dyson, who just underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. And not only that, but it looks like Dyson might not play baseball until 2021.

Dyson has struggled with a shoulder injury for the past several months and tried methods like rest and special exercises to fix the issue. When nothing helped, he opted for a surgery that took place on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The news was confirmed to media by Twins manager Rocco Baldelli who hinted that the veteran right-hander is looking towards a lengthy break.

“It’s potentially four to five months before you start moving your arm around and start tossing, and mostly likely somewhere around 12 months before you can return to play,” – said Baldelli. “There can be instances where guys come back sooner, some later, but that’s kind of what we’re looking at right now.”

Twins acquired Sam Dyson from San Francisco Giants in July in a trade that saw Jaylin Davis, Prelander Berroa and Kai-Wei Teng head to the opposite direction. Although expected to make an immediate impact, Dyson mightily struggled during his time in Minnesota. He finished the season by playing 12 games with Twins and having 7.15 ERA alongside eight strikeouts.

Dyson, who previously also played with Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers among other teams, has 23–23 MLB career record with 3.40 ERA, 308 strikeouts, and 59 saves.