As a Minnesota Twin, infielder Jamey Carroll saw plenty of the Royals this season. He liked what he saw, especially the youthful exuberance.
“You see it during the games, everybody appears to have some kind of sign or handshake,” said Carroll, standing before his newly stitched No. 21 jersey in the Royals’ clubhouse. “It shows they’re in the game, they’re rooting for each other, cheering for each other. That feels good as a player.”
Carroll, traded on Sunday after hitting .230 in 59 games for the Twins, didn’t start on his first day in Kansas City. Chris Getz, fresh off rehab assignment, got the call at second base against the Marlins.
Carroll entered the game as a pinch hitter for Mike Moustakas in the fifth and struck out in his first Royals’ at-bat. He remained in the game and played third base.
Carroll will get his moments, and perhaps at several spots, except pitcher. His 1-2-3 ninth-inning in last week’s 13-0 Twins’ loss — Carroll’s first mound appearance in 12 major-league seasons — figures to be his last.
“I’ve seen it from afar, this is a great bullpen here,” Carroll said.
Carroll’s contributions will come from some several points.
“We liked his versatility,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He can play second, third or short. He’s a very good situational hitter, and somebody we’re thinking of putting in the leadoff spot against left-handed pitchers. He’s got a real high on-base, hits lefties really well.”
The Royals mark Carroll’s sixth organization since breaking in with the Expos in 2002. He’s 39, and joins the person whose injury created the opening — Miguel Tejada – as a team’s elder statesman. Tejada gave the Royals great energy, and Carroll said he hopes to do the same.
“I feel just as good as I have for the last however many years,” Carroll said. “I don’t feel (39), and I shaved today to make sure I don’t look it.”
The Royals cleared space for the addition of Getz and Carroll by optioning infielder Irving Falu and left-handed pitcher Will Smith to Class AAA Omaha.
Getz, 29, hasn’t played in the big leagues aggravating a sprained left knee on July 27 while attempting to turn a double play in the ninth inning of a 1-0 victory at Chicago. He was six for 20 in five rehab games at Omaha.
Getz was not eligible for activation from the 15-day disabled list until Monday. He had a .209 average with one homer and 14 RBIs in 53 games before his injury.
Falu, 30, spent one game in the big leagues before returning to Omaha. He was recalled after an injury Saturday night to Miguel Tejada and effectively bridged the gap to Getz’s return.
Smith, 24, returns to Omaha for the fifth time this season after two-day stay in the majors.
Morrison comes home
For the first time as a pro, Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison returned to the ballpark he grew up loving.
As a teenager in Kansas City, Morrison remembers seeing Jeremy Affeldt pitch. As a youngster, he swears he saw a Bob Hamelin home run clear the fountains.
He also was a diehard Chiefs fan who lived and died with the Joe Montana, Evlis Grbac and Rich Gannon teams.
“Walked out there for early hitting, and I realized this is where I wanted to become a major leaguer,” Morrison said.
Morrison moved around with his family as a youth but spent most of his years in Kansas City. He attended Maple Woods Community College, and his coach Marty Kilgore was among the 60 friends and family who were on Morrison’s pass list.
• First-round draft selection Hunter Dozier was promoted from Rookie level Idaho Falls to short season Class A Lexington. In 224 plate appearances, Dozier was hitting .293.
• Pitcher left-hander John Lamb has been promoted from Class A Wilmington to Class AAA Omaha and is scheduled to start on Thursday. Before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011, Lamb was rated as the Royals’ top pitching prospect.
• Danny Duffy pitched one scoreless inning for Omaha on Monday, making it likely he’ll get a start on Friday when the Royals play a day-night double header in Detroit. Duffy threw 10 pitches against Fresno and struck out two.
New Royal baby
Outfielder Alex Gordon wasn’t with the team on Monday. His wife, Jamie, gave birth to the family’s second child, Sam Patrick, who weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Yost said Gordon is expected to return to the team Tuesday.