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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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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

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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

A source tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it appears Josh Willingham is "staying put" with the Twins through the trade deadline.

Berardino also notes that a deal during the August waiver trading period is still a possibility. The outfielder is hitting .225/.367/.439 this year. A report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick earlier Wednesday said the club is hopeful to move Willingham this season.
Jul 30 - 10:37 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins "really want to move" Josh Willingham, but a competing executive said he doesn't think "they're getting any bites."

The Mariners and Yankees have both been connected to Willingham, but it appears their interest might not be very strong. Willingham has 10 homers in 57 games this season but is batting just .219/.361/.421 overall. He's a free agent after the season, so the Twins would love to get something for him now while they can.
Jul 30 - 11:59 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are talking to the Twins about Josh Willingham.

It's not surprising, as the M's have been searching for a right-handed bat and Willingham is one of the better ones available. At this point, it's not clear how far along the talks are between the two clubs. Willingham entered play Tuesday batting just .219/.361/.421, but he's slugged 10 homers over 57 games.
Jul 29 - 10:48 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are showing interest in Josh Willingham.

They're also considering Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios, but Willingham appears to be at the top of their list in part because he's a free agent after this season. Willingham is batting .215 10 homers in only 56 games this season, as he missed 41 contests with a fractured wrist. The 35-year-old has played in pitchers parks his entire career, so a move to Yankee Stadium would be a nice boost to his fantasy value.
Jul 27 - 11:14 AM

Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead homer off Bryan Shaw in the eighth as the Twins edged the Indians 4-2 on Monday.

Willingham had been in an 11-for-89 dry spell before tonight, with just one homer since June 25. The Twins sure would like to see him find his stroke again this week and give himself some trade value in advance of the deadline.
Jul 22 - 12:20 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Liam Hendriks
12Michael Mariot
13Luke Hochevar