Carroll OK shifting to utility role

Carroll OK shifting to utility role

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Brian Dozier expected to be the Twins' starting shortstop moving forward after being called up on Monday, Jamey Carroll will shift around the infield in a utility role.

Carroll, who made 27 straight starts at shortstop before shifting over to second base on Monday, made his second straight start at second on Tuesday with Alexi Casilla still out due to a minor shoulder injury.

Carroll met with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire about his new role, and said he's willing to do whatever it takes to help the club.

"It's been my career," Carroll said. "I'm OK with whatever he needs me to do. We're here to win ballgames. So whatever they decide and wherever I can fit in the lineup and be, I'm all for it. There's no time to complain. I feel comfortable with that role and have been doing it my whole career."

Carroll is expected to see time at second base, shortstop and third base, according to Gardenhire. Casilla could also move around the infield as needed, but Gardenhire said Carroll is more suited for that role because of his experience as a utility infielder.

"Alexi can play short, but I'm not sure if I'd play him at third unless it was in-game, like after a pinch-hit or a pinch-run," Gardenhire said. "But Jamey has more experience over at third, so I'd rather go that way. But I'm not afraid to stick Alexi anywhere in the infield other than first."