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Josh Willingham | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/17/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Northern Alabama
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Willingham (wrist) lifted weight Friday but has yet to swing a bat.
He won't be allowed to swing until the hairline fracture in his left wrist is fully healed. The Twins had been hoping the outfielder would be ready for activation on April 22 when first eligible, but that's looking unlikely at this point. Apr 18 - 5:55 PM

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A CT scan has revealed a hairline fracture in Josh Willingham's left wrist.

Willingham does not need surgery but will visit with some hand specialists. Even with a minor fracture, the Twins are hopeful that the outfielder will be ready to go once his 15 days are up. Willingham is eligible to return on April 22.
Apr 13 - 2:12 PM

Twins placed OF Josh Willingham on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 7, with a left wrist contusion.

With the backdating of the DL stint, he'll be eligible to return next week if he's improved enough by then. Michael Tonkin was recalled in a corresponding move to add depth to the Twins bullpen.
Apr 12 - 12:38 PM

The Twins announced Friday that they'll place Josh Willingham on the disabled list on Saturday with a left wrist injury.

Reliever Michael Tonkin will be recalled to take his spot on the active roster. The move doesn't come as a surprise as the veteran outfielder has been slow to progress since he exited Sunday's game after taking a pitch off of the wrist. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury since he's still experiencing irritation.
Apr 11 - 8:15 PM

Josh Willingham (wrist) remained out of the Twins' lineup Friday.

Willingham has been able to take some batting practice but is still experiencing some swelling in his left wrist. Interim manager Terry Steinbach said that it's possible the outfielder could be placed on the disabled list if he's not ready to play sometime over the weekend.
Apr 11 - 5:00 PM

Josh Willingham (wrist) is out of the Twins' starting lineup again on Thursday against the A's.

Willingham was able to take batting practice in an indoor cage on Wednesday, but he still has some swelling in his wrist. The hope is that he can play Friday.
Apr 10 - 11:36 AM

Josh Willingham (wrist) reported improvement after hitting in the batting cage Wednesday.

The update comes less than an hour after the Twins said Willingham had yet to swing a bat yet, but obviously he is feeling better. While the club is expected to lose Oswaldo Arcia to the DL with a wrist injury of his own, it sounds like "Hammer" is close to returning to action.
Apr 9 - 12:39 PM

Josh Willingham (wrist) has yet to swing a bat.

Willingham hasn't played since exiting Sunday's game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. The outfielder is hoping to avoid the disabled list, but the Twins don't want to play a man short so he's going to need to show progress soon. Oswaldo Arcia is dealing with a wrist injury of his own but is expected back soon.
Apr 9 - 11:55 AM

Josh Willingham (wrist) remained out of the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

Willingham hasn't played since exiting Sunday's game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. He was hoping to give it a go Wednesday, but obviously he's not feeling up to it just yet. The Twins are going with Jason Kubel in left field and Chris Colabello at DH.
Apr 9 - 11:17 AM

Josh Willingham (wrist) is hoping to return to the lineup Wednesday.

Willingham sat out Monday, one day after leaving a game when he was hit on the left wrist with the pitch. The Twins are off Tuesday, so he'll get at least two days off, but it's not a given that he'll be ready Wednesday. "We’ll find out when I pick up a bat," Willingham said. "Maybe Wednesday."
Apr 7 - 8:12 PM

Josh Willingham is not expected to need a stint on the 15-day disabled list after being hit in the left wrist with a pitch.

Willingham was hit by a Justin Masterson fastball on Sunday, but did not suffer a fracture. Good news for the Twins, as Willingham is a good source of power when he is healthy.
Apr 7 - 3:33 PM

X-rays on Josh Willingham's left wrist have come back clean.

Willingham had to leave Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch on the wrist, but he's avoided a serious injury. "Hammer" is being listed as day-to-day with a bruised wrist.
Apr 6 - 2:38 PM

Josh Willingham left Sunday's game against the Indians after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch in the first inning.

Willingham initially stayed in the game but was eventually removed for defense in the bottom of the second. He's been sent for X-rays to determine if he has any broken bones. An update on his status should be available later Sunday.
Apr 6 - 1:41 PM

Josh Willingham went hitless on Friday and is 1-for-20 with seven strikeouts this spring.

The Twins badly need a bounce-back season from Willingham in the cleanup spot behind Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer. Maybe they'll get one, but this is a rather depressing start.
Mar 14 - 3:59 PM

Josh Willingham confirmed Wednesday that he would be open to signing an extension to stay with the Twins after the 2014 season.

"I do love playing in Minnesota," Willingham said. "From the organization to the weather to my friends and teammates, all that stuff is a plus for me. I would love to stay here for another year or so (beyond 2014)." The 35-year-old batted just .208/.342/.368 in 111 games last summer, but he tallied 35 home runs and 110 RBI in his first season with the Twins in 2012. Willingham is in the final year of a three-year, $21 million deal.
Feb 19 - 7:51 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Pedro Florimon
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jason Bartlett
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Darin Mastroianni
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Jason Kubel
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Kevin Correia
3Phil Hughes
4Mike Pelfrey
5Kyle Gibson
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Samuel Deduno