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, 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 White Sox Sunday. 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. “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.”
Conte says he met with Rodriguez
The Daily News is reporting that Alex Rodriguez sought advice on legal nutritional supplements from the founder of the company at the center of the largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping.
Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative Victor Conte tells the New York newspaper that Rodriguez did not ask him for illegal drugs and they mostly talked about legal products. The 38-year-old slugger and Conte spoke at a meeting in May 2012.
D-backs’ Ross carted off with hip injury
Arizona outfielder Cody Ross was carted off the field in the first inning against the Mets with what was later diagnosed as a dislocated right hip.
The Diamondbacks moved Martin Prado from third base to Ross’ spot in left field. Matt Davidson came in at third in his major league debut.
Arizona also placed third baseman Eric Chavez on the 15-day D.L. with a left knee strain. The move was retroactive to Saturday.