8/13/2013 1:40 A.M. ET
Newly acquired Carroll dons Royals uniform
Veteran infielder traded for on Sunday excited to be in playoff race
By Dick Kaegel and Kathleen Gier / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Less than a week after visiting Kauffman Stadium with the Twins, Jamey Carroll is in a Royals uniform, though he was not in the starting lineup on Monday night against the Marlins.
He entered the game in the fifth as a pinch-hitter for Mike Moustakas, who left the game with calf tightness, and Carroll remained in the game at third base -- going 0-for-2 at the plate in the Royals' 6-2 win.
Carroll was acquired from the Twins on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named. He was added to the roster on Monday along with second baseman Chris Getz, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time with a left knee strain. In corresponding roster moves, infielder Irving Falu and left-handed reliever Will Smith were optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
"It obviously came as a shock to me yesterday," Carroll said. "You never know, especially this time of year, what is going to happen. I was kind of caught off-guard, but at the same time, I'm excited about it, to have the opportunity to come to a team that's playing as well as they are and in the mix of having a chance to play after the season is over. That's all you ask for, that's all you want a chance to do."
Carroll, a 39-year-old veteran, is batting .230 with six doubles, 20 runs and a pair of stolen bases in 58 games. Carroll is batting .325 with a .372 on-base percentage against left-handed pitchers this season and .295 against them in his career.
"We liked his versatility," manager Ned Yost said. "He can play second, he can play third, he can play short. He's a very situational hitter. He's a guy we are even thinking about putting in the leadoff spot against left-handed pitchers. He's got a real high on-base percentage, hits lefties really well. He fits nicely and complements our club."
Carroll will likely split time with Getz at second base, in addition to taking shifts at third base and shortstop to give Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar days off.
"We'll use it kind of as a platoon situation. There will be days where Jamey will play against certain right-handers, you just go day to day and match it up," Yost said. "They are both very solid, not flashy players, but they do a lot of things that go unnoticed that help you win baseball games."
Carroll said he hopes to bring some experience to the roster after 11 years in the Major Leagues. He started his career with the Montreal Expos and spent five years with the Washington organization before short stints with the Rockies, Indians and Dodgers. He also said his age shouldn't be a concern as he's feeling as good as he has in years.
"When I was 38, nobody said anything, but then I turned 39, and now it's become an age issue," Carroll said. "I feel just as good as I have for the last however many years. The situation over there just dictated a different circumstance. Hopefully, I get the chance to add whatever I can, whatever the situation is. If I only play half the games here and we win, that's fine too."
After two seasons across the American League with the Twins, Carroll said he's not surprised at all by the run the Royals are on -- winning 18 of 23 since the All-Star break prior to Monday's series opener with the Marlins.
"You look at the pitching staff. In this game, that's where it starts and this pitching staff is a very strong pitching staff," Carroll said. "It was a matter of time on the offensive side for some of these guys to get some confidence and start to play. It looks like they have a lot of confidence right now and that goes a long way in this game."
The acquisition of Carroll at this stage of the season signals that the Royals believe that a playoff spot is within striking distance.
"We want to push all the way to the end," general manager Dayton Moore said. "Absolutely."
Getz back in KC's lineup after coming off DL
KANSAS CITY -- Royals second baseman Chris Getz on Monday was activated from the 15-day disabled list and started at second base against the Marlins. He was placed on the DL on Aug. 1 with a left knee strain.
"I feel good," Getz said. "My knee was progressing prior to me having to go on the DL, but we had a roster situation and they didn't really have time to give me any more days though I probably was pretty close, but it was an opportunity for me to go down there [Triple-A Omaha] and get consistent at-bats so when they decided the time was right for me to come back, baseball wasn't so foreign."
Getz batted .300 (6-for-20) including a solo home run in five games with Omaha. He entered Monday batting .209 for the Royals with 20 runs scored and eight stolen bases.
"When I was down rehabbing in Omaha, I was watching as much as I could on TV, and I could tell how much fun they were having," Getz said. "I couldn't wait to get back just to be a part of it."
Getz helped the Royals right away by going 3-for-4 with an RBI single in a 6-2 win over the Marlins.
Gordon out of lineup after birth of second son
KANSAS CITY -- Left fielder Alex Gordon was not in the Royals' starting lineup on Monday night because his family was growing.
"I think they just had a little boy," manager Ned Yost said prior to the start of batting practice on Monday afternoon. "I don't have all the details yet."
Sam Patrick Gordon was the new arrival -- weighing in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Gordon and his wife, Jamie, also have a son Max, who was born in September 2010.
The birth was in the Kansas City area and Yost said he expected Gordon to be back in the lineup on Tuesday night against the Marlins.
In his absence, David Lough played left field.
• Hunter Dozier, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, on Monday was promoted to Class A Lexington.
Dozier, a shortstop from Stephen F. Austin State, played 47 games with the Rookie League Idaho Falls Chukars -- batting .293 with 55 hits, 35 runs and 35 RBIs. Dozier, the club's No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com, also led the Pioneer League with 22 doubles.
• The first 10,000 fans attending the Royals-Marlins game on Tuesday night will receive T-shirts depicting All-Star catcher Salvador Perez. The design was voted on by the fans and will feature Perez in his catching stance.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.