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Munenori Kawasaki | Second Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 175
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Munenori Kawasaki was forced to leave Friday's game against the Rays in the seventh inning due to tightness in his right hamstring.
Kawasaki is considered day-to-day and should return to the Blue Jays lineup at some point over the weekend. He was 1-for-4 with an RBI before departing. Jul 11 - 9:59 PM

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Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

In a surprise move, the Blue Jays optioned Steve Delabar to make room for him on the active roster. Kawasaki will function as a backup infielder for Toronto and isn't relevant in fantasy leagues.
Jun 17 - 4:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.

The 32-year-old appeared in just two games during his brief stint with the Blue Jays, going 2-for-9 (.222) with a double and two strikeouts. He'll continue to function as organizational depth.
Apr 18 - 11:41 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

With Maicer Izturis hitting the disabled list on Sunday, Kawasaki will provide much needed depth in the middle infield. He can safely be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Apr 13 - 4:55 PM

Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-2 with a walk and a steal as the Blue Jays beat the Pirates 4-2 on Friday.

Early indications were that the 32-year-old Kawasaki would return to Japan over the winter, but he's back with the Jays on a minor league deal and trying to put himself into the mix at second base. Ryan Goins and Maicer Izturis are ahead of him right now.
Feb 28 - 3:53 PM

Blue Jays signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

There was a report in November that Kawasaki was expected to accept a $2 million contract to return to Japan, but the deal never came together. A fan and clubhouse favorite, the 32-year-old hit .229/.326/.308 with one home run, 24 RBI and seven stolen bases over 289 plate appearances this past season. He'll compete for a backup infielder job in the spring.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that Munenori Kawasaki is expected to return to Japan on a $2 million contract.

It comes after the Blue Jays officially declined Kawasaki's $1 million option for 2014, though Griffin notes that they were aware of his intentions to return to his native country. Kawasaki has a career .218/.306/.276 batting line across 157 major league games.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 09:13:00 AM

Blue Jays declined INF Munenori Kawasaki's $1 million option for 2014.

He could still return on a minor league deal, though. Kawasaki has a career .218/.306/.276 batting line across 157 games, but he plays solid defense and is valued for his clubhouse presence.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 07:56:00 PM

Blue Jays activated INF Munenori Kawasaki from the paternity leave list.

Kawasaki left the team on Friday to be present for the birth of his first child. The 32-year-old is batting .205/.309/.286 over 223 plate appearances this this season.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 04:23:00 PM

Munenori Kawasaki will rejoin the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Kawasaki was placed on the paternity leave list Friday to be with his wife during the birth of their child.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 04:55:00 PM

Blue Jays placed INF Munenori Kawasaki on the paternity leave list.

He'll be away from the club for a few days while his wife gives birth. Kawasaki is batting .205/.309/.286 over 72 games with the Jays this season.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Kawasaki is batting .213/.319/.298 in 70 games with the Blue Jays this season. The fan and clubhouse favorite will serve as bench depth.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kawasaki is no longer needed with Brett Lawrie returning from the disabled list. He has a .213/.319/.298 batting line in 70 games with the Jays this season and will continue to provide depth in the minors.
Sat, Jul 13, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

Kawasaki had just been sent down Wednesday but returns to replace the disabled Melky Cabrera. He'll back up all over the infield.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:38:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.

He's clearing room for the arrival of Jose Reyes on Wednesday. Kawasaki was a clubhouse favorite and offered solid defense, but he batted only .225/.337/.325 for the Jays.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 10:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Dioner Navarro
2Josh Thole
3George Kottaras
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Dan Johnson
2B1Steve Tolleson
2Munenori Kawasaki
3Ryan Goins
4Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Juan Francisco
3Danny Valencia
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Anthony Gose
2Kevin Pillar
3Dalton Pompey
4Colby Rasmus
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Adam Lind
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4J.A. Happ
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Casey Janssen
2Aaron Loup
3Brett Cecil
4Dustin McGowan
5Todd Redmond
6Aaron Sanchez
7Chad Jenkins
8Daniel Norris
9Brandon Morrow
10Sean Nolin
11Kendall Graveman