May 6, 2012
MLB notes: Twins make change at shortstop
By QMI AGENCY
Looking for an offensive spark, any spark, the Minnesota Twins shuffled up their starting shortstops Sunday.
Out, as of Monday, is Jamey Carroll. In, once he arrives from Triple-A Rochester, is Brian Dozier.
"He's athletic, he's got a strong arm, I think he's a bright-enough kid to position himself correctly, he pays attention to the game, he knows who's pitching -- all those intangibles go hand-in-hand to being a good shortstop," acting manager Scott Ullger said. "He showed us he can play in spring training and he was doing fine in Triple-A. I think there's a lot of pressure on anybody that comes to the big leagues. There is an expectation in performing. Obviously, I think he's a bright-enough kid, a mature-enough kid that he can handle it. Hopefully he can handle it, but there is pressure on him, just like any kid that comes up."
Carroll, 38, is batting just .206 with no home runs and seven RBIs in 26 games this season. Dozier hit .276 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 199 plate appearances with Rochester.
The Twins also announced that first baseman Justin Morneau was going on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 1, with a sore left wrist.
COOK GOES ON DL
Right-hander Aaron Cook has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox.
Cook, who was recently called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, was cut for 11 stitches when he was spiked in a collision at home plate Saturday against the Baltimore . He was replaced on the roster by left-hander Aaron Miller, who was activated from the 15-day DL.
Cook was called up last week after a clause in his minor-league contract required him to be promoted or be allowed to become a free agent May 1. He had a 3-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in Triple A.
The 11-year veteran suffered the injury during his start against the Baltimore Orioles, his first with Boston.
Miller started the season on the disabled list because of a left hamstring strain. He has pitched in 12 rehabilitation games, striking out 26 batters in 13 innings with a 4.85 ERA.
TEJADA SIGNS WITH O'S
Miguel Tejada has reached an agreement to play for the Baltimore Orioles, CBSSports.com reported Sunday.
If Tejada, 37, passes his physical on Monday, he will begin to work out at extended spring training in Florida.
This will be Tejada's third stint with the Orioles, who signed him as a free agent after the 2003 season and again after the 2009 season.
Last season, Tejada hit .239 with four homers in 91 games for the San Francisco Giants.
COPS EYE EX-YANKEE
Former major leaguer Chad Curtis is being investigated for alleged improper conduct with students in Lakewood, Mich.
Curtis, 43, is being investigated for inappropriate touching of four students, the Grand Rapids, Mich., Press reported. He was scheduled to become the school's high school football coach this fall.
The 10-year major league outfielder had been a volunteer in the high school's weight room and was a substitute teacher in the school district. No charges have been filed against Curtis, who has been suspended from volunteering during the investigation, officials told the Press.
He had been the athletic director at Grand Rapids' NorthPointe Christian Schools from 2007-09. NorthPointe officials would not comment why Curtis left the position.
Curtis played for six teams, hitting 101 home runs and driving in 461 runs in a career that started in 1992. He was best known for hitting two home runs for the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1999 World Series.
Andy Pettitte allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings during his start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barrie. Pettitte, trying to make a comeback with the Yankees after a year in retirement, threw 59 of 92 pitches for strikes ...The Milwaukee Brewers are apparently interested in unwanted free agent first baseman Derrek Lee. The 36-year-old hit .267 with 19 homers and 59 RBIs with Baltimore and Pittsburgh last season ... Brewers owner Mark Attanasio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he's close to signing GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke to contract extensions. Melvin has been GM since 2002 and Roenicke is 108-81 in just one one season as manager.
-- Sun wire services