Carroll pleads his innocence after ejection

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 26, 2012 - 1:21 AM
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Sans cap, Ron Gardenhire returned to the dugout after getting ejected Friday night.

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Jamey Carroll admits he's no angel -- over his 10-year career, in his 1,108 major league games, he has probably blurted some things in the heat of the moment that warranted an ejection.

What he said Friday, though, doesn't fall into that category.

After beating out what he believed was an infield hit in the eighth inning, Carroll was shocked when first base umpire Alan Porter called him out.

"I just said, 'I thought the tie goes to the runner,' " Carroll said afterward, and that led to a far bigger shock. Porter immediately turned and threw the Twins infielder out of the game.

"I thought I was safe. I've said, in my 10 years, a lot worse things before," Carroll said. "I didn't cuss, I didn't say anything that I thought warranted that. Obviously, he has his opinion."

Seems so. Porter responded, "That's not what you said," when Carroll complained, but the umpire never told him what he believed he heard.

"I'm anxious to see [Porter's] report" to Major League Baseball, Carroll said. "I want to see what I said to get thrown out."

Ron Gardenhire had no such doubts. He hustled out to defend his infielder, and earned his 61st career ejection for the trouble. The Twins manager even threw his cap in Porter's direction as he stomped off the field.

"I was just mad because Carroll got thrown out. He doesn't say enough to get thrown out of a baseball game, and he didn't," said Gardenhire, who added that replays confirmed that Carroll was safe. "He doesn't deserve to get thrown out. I did."

Enjoying the view

Cole De Vries looked right at home in the Twins clubhouse Friday, and why not? He's been there before -- on a tour.

"So this is kind of a first. It's awesome -- look at this place," said the Eden Prairie native, who got a close-up look at Target Field during TwinsFest in January, one day after his major league debut in Chicago.

He took the loss Thursday, giving up six runs (though only three earned) in five innings, but the Twins saw enough to give him a second start, Tuesday against Oakland. The trick now, De Vries said, will be to put his circumstances, his excitement, out of his mind and prepare like he is facing Scranton.

"I just have to try to stay on my normal routine that I had in Triple-A," he said. "Do my throwing as usual, and try to keep it as much as I can how it was down there."

Etc.

• Justin Morneau has settled upon a counterintuitive prescription -- more fielding, less hitting. The Twins first baseman doubled his season total of home runs, from four to eight, on the just-concluded eight-game road trip, and added 12 RBI to his previous total of nine. His two cannon-blasts in Chicago on Thursday helped convince him he's got his workload in balance. "I've been taking less swings. I don't know if I'd say a lot less, but if it's 10 or 15 less every day, or 20 less every day, it kind of adds up over a week or a month," he said. "It helps the soreness and the rest of that stuff stay out of there."

• General Manager Terry Ryan said Nick Blackburn, on the disabled list because of a strained oblique, will throw in the bullpen Saturday, and if all goes well, he could be sent on a rehab assignment, possibly to Class AAA Rochester.

• Righthander Kyle Waldrop, who hasn't pitched since spring training due to soreness in his pitching elbow, has been cleared for rehab work, and will be sent to Class A Fort Myers.

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