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Josh Willingham | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/17/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Northern Alabama
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According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Josh Willingham hasn't made a decision about retirement.
This confirms what Willingham told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in late September. The 35-year-old "will see what's available" in free agency before making a decision. Oct 30 - 5:41 PM

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Josh Willingham told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press via text that he has yet to decide whether he'll retire after the season.

"I haven’t made a decision yet and don’t know what I’m going to do," Willingham said. Berardino reported earlier Thursday that Willingham has told people close to him that he is "100 percent retiring" after the season, but it appears that he might have jumped the gun. For what it's worth, Berardino says he's standing by his report. Willingham will turn 36 in February.
Sep 25 - 6:49 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Josh Willingham has told people close to him that he is "100 percent retiring" at the end of the season.

Willingham, 35, has been limited to 202 games over the past two seasons due to injury and has seen his productive fall off along with it. After being traded from the Twins to the Royals in August, he's on the verge of the first postseason appearance of his 11-year major league career. Not a bad way to go out.
Sep 25 - 4:07 PM

Josh Willingham went 0-for-3 with two walks as the Royals' designated hitter Wednesday.

Willingham hadn't started since Sept. 11 because of a groin strain.
Sep 17 - 11:08 PM

Josh Willingham struck out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Tuesday.

Willingham hadn't played since last Thursday, when he suffered a strained groin. It's not clear when he'll be ready to start, but the pinch-hitting appearance suggests he's close.
Sep 17 - 4:40 AM

Josh Willingham has been unavailable the last couple days after straining his groin on Thursday.

"He feels a little better," Royals manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "Tried to take some swings in the cage (Friday) and felt it still a little bit, swinging. But I imagine he’ll be available to pinch hit here in the next couple days." Willingham is hitting .274/.384/.452 with two homers over 20 games since joining the Royals.
Sep 14 - 10:49 AM

Josh Willingham doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Willingham had been unavailable for over a week due to a slight intercostal strain. He's hit .265/.368/.490 with two homers in 16 games for the Royals.
Sep 7 - 5:50 AM

Josh Willingham (back) is available off the bench for the Royals on Tuesday against the Rangers.

Willingham felt no pain in his back or rib cage during batting practice on Tuesday. There was some initial fear that he might have strained his intercostal muscle this weekend, but that injury has been ruled out.
Sep 2 - 5:33 PM

Josh Willingham (back) won't swing a bat until Tuesday.

Willingham is dealing with soreness in a muscle in the back of his rib cage and the fear is that it could be an intercostal injury. Naturally, the Royals don't want to take any chances and make things worse.
Sep 1 - 5:32 PM

Josh Willingham (back) is not in the Royals starting lineup for Sunday night's tilt against the Indians.

Willingham has been battling stiffness in his back in recent days. The Royals are hopeful that he will be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday for the second game of their series against the Rangers.
Aug 31 - 5:14 PM

Josh Willingham hit his fourteenth home run of the season in Friday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

Willingham seems to be settling in with the Royals, as he's now hit in five straight games. With the Royals, he's slashing .345/.387/.586. For comparison's sake, he was hitting .210/.345/.402 with the Twins. Obviously, we don't expect Willingham to hit .345 for the rest of the season, but it's probably reasonable to expect an overall uptick in his numbers by the end of the season, as he's playing with a better club now.
Aug 23 - 1:40 AM

Josh Willingham had a three-run double in Friday's win over the Twins.

It was the big blow in a five-run fifth inning against his former team. Willingham is 3-for-14 (.214) with a walk and five strikeouts since coming over from the Twins earlier this week. He's expected to function as the primary DH for the Royals until Eric Hosmer (hand) comes off the disabled list, so those who need power in deeper fantasy leagues should give him a look.
Aug 16 - 1:42 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Josh Willingham will be the team's primary designated hitter until Eric Hosmer (hand) returns.

Hosmer's injury has forced Billy Butler to first base, freeing up at-bats in the DH spot. "We’ll go day-to-day with it," Yost said. "But he’s going to play a lot until Hos gets back. He’s a presence in the lineup because he can drive the ball a long way." Raul Ibanez will also still see time in the DH slot, but it sounds like Willingham, who doubled in one of his four at-bats Tuesday in his Royals' debut, will be the main guy there.
Aug 13 - 10:33 AM

Royals acquired OF Josh Willingham from the Twins in exchange for RHP Jason Adam.

Willingham figures to share designated hitter duties with Raul Ibanez while Billy Butler mans first base with Eric Hosmer (hand) out. The 35-year-old has hit just .209/.343/.380 since the beginning of last season but has slugged 26 homers over 613 at-bats. He'll give the Royals some extra pop down the stretch.
Aug 11 - 7:06 PM

Josh Willingham hit his 12th home run of the season in Sunday's win over the A's.

The homer, a two-run shot, was Willingham's only hit in four at-bats. Home runs are one of the few things Willingham has been able to contribute this season, as he's hitting a paltry .210/.345/.402 in 68 games.
Aug 10 - 9:46 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
4Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Carlos Peguero
3Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Josh Willingham
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Tim Collins
12Michael Mariot
13Joe Paterson