Royals acquire infielder Jamey Carroll from Minnesota

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The
contending Kansas City Royals quickly moved to fill a gap, getting
infielder Jamey Carroll in a trade with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

The Twins will receive either a player to be named or cash for the 39-year-old veteran.

Earlier in the day, the Royals put
Miguel Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.
The 39-year-old Tejada, who hurt himself diving for a ball on Saturday,
was hitting .288 in 53 games and had won the starting second base job.

Carroll singled and scored for the Twins in their 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. He is hitting .230 with nine RBIs.

“If I can go there and contribute in a
positive way, I know the team is playing extremely well right now and
they have a bunch of good young guys and some great pitching,” Carroll
said. “It should be exciting to get over there and get in that
clubhouse.”

Royals manager Ned Yost was eager to have him.

“Jamey Carroll is a pro’s pro,” Yost
said after the Royals beat Boston 4-3. “He’s a very solid player. He
hits left-handed pitching very well. He can play second, third and short
in that order. Those are about his best positions. He’ll give you a
real quality at-bat.”

“Miguel’s injury kind of put a hole
over there right now for us,” he said. “We’ll play him at second. When
Moose (third baseman Mike Moustakas) needs a break, we can play him at
third. He’s a very proficient third baseman, too.”

The Twins will make a corresponding roster move on Monday.

“As much as anything, this is a deal
for Jamey Carroll to go on a team that’s in a playoff race and go over
there and add his professionalism and experience to that club and give
them an opportunity to get into a race,” Twins assistant GM Rob Antony
said.