KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Matt Carson didn't stay off the Twins' roster long.
After being optioned to Triple-A Rochester following his first five games with the Twins on Aug. 23, Carson was recalled on Friday to take the spot of the injured Denard Span. The series opener against the Royals was rained out and the teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
"Unfortunately, it did take somebody going on the DL. You never want to see anyone get hurt, but at the same time, it does open a door for me. This time, I just have to capitalize on the opportunities I get," Carson said.
Span went on the disabled list on Thursday, retroactive to Tuesday, with a right shoulder injury.
Carson, who signed with the Twins as a free agent in November, spent much of the season with Rochester before having his contract selected on Aug. 17. He appeared in five games, going 8-for-21 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Carson started all five games, four in right field and the other in left. He then played five with Rochester, collecting seven hits in 17 at-bats.
"Little bit of a roller coaster ride, getting called up, playing a few games. Circumstances came about where we needed some pitching, so I went back down, played a few games down there and then came back up here. It's been a whirlwind, but I'm glad to be back," Carson said.
He did well with the Red Wings this season, hitting .282 with 14 home runs, 53 RBIs and 64 runs scored in 115 games.
"I know with Denard being on the DL, there is going to be a spot in the outfield that they're going to be looking to fill," Carson said. "We've got a few guys that can play outfield, so it's probably just a platoon role, but any chance I get, any opportunities, I'll try to make the most of it."
Carson was slated to start in left field on Friday.