With an already overworked bullpen taxed once again, the Twins turned to Jamey Carroll to pitch the eighth inning of Minnesota's 13-0 loss in Kansas City.
Yes, 39-year-old infielder Jamey Carroll.
Twins starter Kevin Correia lasted just two innings, so Minnesota needed three relievers to get through the next five innings. Wanting to save the bullpen's arms, manager Ron Gardenhire summoned Carroll to take the mound in the eighth.
Nine pitches were all Carroll needed to pitch a scoreless 1-2-3 eighth inning Monday against the Royals. It wasn't pretty -- he topped out at 79 mph -- but Carroll indeed got the job done in what was perhaps the Twins' only bright spot Monday.
"We just tried to get through it as best we could without killing our bullpen," Gardenhire said. "We had one player left on the bench. (Pedro) Florimon's not ready, so Jamey said, 'I want to do it."
Carroll retired the first batter he faced, Elliot Johnson, on a fly ball to left field in three pitches. The next ba...