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Continued: Reusse: Carroll aspires to be more than 'Day Game' Jamey

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 16, 2013 - 7:27 AM

(Pause). “It’s not the worst job.’’

True enough.

Carroll at 39 is the oldest infielder in the major leagues — older by a birthday than the injured Derek Jeter, as well as Miguel Tejada, Mark DeRosa and John McDonald.

“I don’t feel any different physically now than I have for the past several years,’’ Carroll said. “My goal is to work hard enough to stay a player who can contribute.’’

The Twins have been in a search for a leadoff hitter since early on, when rookie Aaron Hicks was overwhelmed by big-league pitching. Dozier has been there for 17 games and has proved wanting.

On Wednesday, Carroll led off for the sixth time. Tough to quibble with a double and two singles.

Gardenhire opened his postgame remarks by mentioning Carroll’s “nice day at the plate.’’ He also expressed his fondness for having Carroll in the lineup for “day games,’’ meaning weekday matinees and Sundays.

The manager’s quote about playing him in “day games’’ was relayed to Carroll by a TV reporter, perhaps expecting an enthused response.

“I don’t know,’’ said Carroll, staring again at a questioner.

Carroll does know, of course … knows that he still expects more of himself at 39 than being in the lineup 30 percent of the time.

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500.

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