05/08/12 8:06 PM ET
Willingham returns to lineup; Casilla out again
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Second baseman Alexi Casilla, however, was held out of the lineup for a second straight day after suffering a minor shoulder injury while making a diving play in Seattle.
But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects Casilla to be back in action on Wednesday, as he felt better on Tuesday.
"Alexi is fine," Gardenhire said. "He did some swinging yesterday and I talked to him after the game and he said he was sore. But he came in today and said he felt fine."
Span gets night off after running into wall
MINNEAPOLIS -- Denard Span was given the night off against the Angels on Tuesday, a day after running into the center-field wall in the sixth inning of Monday's 8-3 loss.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, though, said the move was planned even before Span crashed into the wall, as it marked the first time Span was out of the lineup all season. Erik Komatsu made the start in center field and batted leadoff.
"He's played every day and he crashed into the wall last night," Gardenhire said. "He's played every inning of every game except for the one he was thrown out in. So we'll give him a blow. So we'll put the other kid out there and see what happens."
Span said he was shaken up a little bit when he collided with the wall but that it didn't re-trigger any of the concussion-like symptoms that plagued him last season.
"I never ask for a day off, but I've played a lot," Span said. "With what happened last year, I think it's a smart thing. Running into the wall didn't help things, but I feel good."
Komatsu, meanwhile, made his fourth straight start after being claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on Friday.
"He's our hottest hitter -- he had two hits last night," Gardenhire said with a smile. "But that's what he plays at. He's a leadoff guy who can run the bases and steal some bases. He slaps the ball around. That's what he profiles as. So we'll see what he's got."
Carroll OK shifting to utility role
MINNEAPOLIS -- With Brian Dozier expected to be the Twins' starting shortstop moving forward after being called up on Monday, Jamey Carroll will shift around the infield in a utility role.
Carroll, who made 27 straight starts at shortstop before shifting over to second base on Monday, made his second straight start at second on Tuesday with Alexi Casilla still out due to a minor shoulder injury.
Carroll met with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire about his new role, and said he's willing to do whatever it takes to help the club.
"It's been my career," Carroll said. "I'm OK with whatever he needs me to do. We're here to win ballgames. So whatever they decide and wherever I can fit in the lineup and be, I'm all for it. There's no time to complain. I feel comfortable with that role and have been doing it my whole career."
Carroll is expected to see time at second base, shortstop and third base, according to Gardenhire. Casilla could also move around the infield as needed, but Gardenhire said Carroll is more suited for that role because of his experience as a utility infielder.
"Alexi can play short, but I'm not sure if I'd play him at third unless it was in-game, like after a pinch-hit or a pinch-run," Gardenhire said. "But Jamey has more experience over at third, so I'd rather go that way. But I'm not afraid to stick Alexi anywhere in the infield other than first."