La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote on Monday that Minnesota Twins reliever Sam Dyson (remember him?) is out in Los Angeles visiting Dr. Neal El-Attrache (remember him?) to get his shoulder examined. The Twins are fearful the Dyson will need surgery that is not only season-ending, but may sideline Dyson until the middle of the 2020 campaign.
If you recall, Dyson was traded from the San Francisco Giants to Minnesota at the trade deadline this year in exchange for OF Jaylin Davis and relievers Prelander Berroa and Kai-Wei Teng. Unfortunately, the trade has not worked out in Minnesota’s favor, and LEN III write that the Twins have had discussions with the Giants front office to determine if they had knowledge of Dyson’s injury before the trade. It seems that the San Fran team had no prior knowledge, especially as Dyson had told the team shortly after joining the team that he had some soreness that he had been playing through. If the Giants had any knowledge, the Twins could potentially get a return from the trade.
Dyson made two appearances for the Twins - 0.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K - before being placed on the IL on August 4 with right biceps tendinitis. After being activated on August 13, he made 10 appearances, logging 10.2 innings of 2.53 ERA ball, allowing eight hits, three earned runs, four walks, seven strikeouts, and three homers. Dyson was then sent home on September 4 with biceps soreness, and now faces major surgery to fix the issue.
In essence, the Twins have ultimately been the losers of this trade. Davis hit .333/.419/.686 in 27 games with AAA Sacramento, notching ten homers and 27 RBI. Teng has posted a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings through five starts with A-level Augusta, striking out 39 batters (12.1 K/9) against seven walks (2.2 BB/9) with a 0.793 WHIP. Berroa had only one game with the Giants’ rookie-level team, throwing three innings of relief, allowing a hit, a walk, and striking out seven.
Even though the Twins have Dyson under control for one more season, with the surgery, he’s possibly out until the middle of next season. He could earn a sizeable sum in arbitration, but starting off on the wrong foot with the Twins could make his paycheck next year a bit less.