MINNEAPOLIS Last season, at the ripe old age of 38, Twins infielder Jamey Carroll was an every-day player. He played in 138 games, just shy of his career high.
One year later, Carroll's role in Minnesota has changed drastically. Through the first two weeks of the 2013 season, the 39-year-old Carroll is no longer an every-day player. In fact, he's made just two starts this year and has been used in late-inning situations in three others.
You would never know it, though, by watching Carroll go about his business before games and in the clubhouse. His demeanor hasn't changed from one year to the next despite the considerable drop-off in his workload. Before Wednesday's rained-out game against the Angels, Carroll was on the field at 2 o'clock earlier than normal taking infield practice with some of the team's younger players.
Now in his 12th season in the majors, Carroll has a different perspective on what his role will be on a team filled with young infield talent.
"He's 39 goin...