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Munenori Kawasaki | Third Baseman | #66

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / SEA
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Cubs optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Iowa.
He's headed back to the minors to accommodate the return of Javier Baez (thumb) from the disabled list. Kawasaki could go back-and-forth between Triple-A and the majors often this season. Apr 15 - 11:24 AM

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Cubs recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa.

He's taking the place of Kyle Schwarber on the club's active roster. It's unclear if he'll be up for the long haul, or if he's just a bench depth until the Cubs figure out the best way to compensate for losing Schwarber's powerful bat.
Apr 8 - 7:56 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of INF Munenori Kawasaki; optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Kawasaki had already been sent out to minor league camp, but this move adds him to the 40-man roster. He'll provide organizational depth at Triple-A. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has stated that we will probably see the fun-loving middle infielder on the north side of Chicago at some point this summer.
Apr 3 - 7:41 PM

Cubs re-signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract.

Kawasaki was released Tuesday morning, but it didn't take long for the two sides to agree to a new deal. The 34-year-old owns an ugly .234/.314/.284 batting line in 712 major league plate appearances, but he's not a bad depth piece in the minors.
Mar 29 - 3:01 PM

Cubs released INF Munenori Kawasaki.

Kawasaki batted .375 (15-for-40) this spring, but there's no room on Chicago's bench. The Cubs are trying to re-sign him, though.
Mar 29 - 11:45 AM

Cubs signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract.

Kawasaki was a big fan favorite during his time in Toronto, but the 34-year-old owns a rough .234/.314/.284 batting line in 712 major league plate appearances. He will function as organizational infield depth for a Cubs team that is loaded with much better talent.
Jan 21 - 12:21 AM

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

Kawasaki has bounced back and forth from the majors to the minors a few times this season while batting 3-for-18 (.167) over 14 games with the Blue Jays. The fan favorite will serve as a backup infielder for the final month of the regular season.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:18:00 PM

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

He's clearing out for the arrival of new acquisition Cliff Pennington. Kawasaki has been up and down with the Blue Jays on four occasions this season.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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

The 34-year-old infielder and fan favorite is hitting just .200/.294/.333 in 15 at-bats with the Blue Jays this season. He'll provide infield depth and flexibility while Devon Travis is on the disabled list.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 10:11:00 AM

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

Kawasaki has gone back-and-forth from Triple-A to the majors this season, picking up three hits in 15 at-bats with the big club. He'll be back again at some point.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 03:04:00 PM

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

He could just be up for a few days while R.A. Dickey is on the bereavement list. Kawasaki has hit .273/.385/.455 over eight games in the majors this season.
Source: Sportsnet
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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

The utility infielder has hit .273/.385/.455 over eight games in the majors this season. The Jays are adding another arm to their bullpen in Scott Copeland.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 09:40:00 PM

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

A roster spot opened up when Steve Tolleson was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. A light hitter, Kawasaki has managed just a .234 batting average in 589 major league at-bats. The versatile 33-year-old has started games at shortstop, second base and third.
Sat, May 30, 2015 10:22:00 PM

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

Kawasaki was in the majors for less than a week. His roster spot will be filled by shortstop Jose Reyes, who was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Mon, May 25, 2015 01:58:00 PM

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

The 33-year-old infielder will provide infield depth while Devon Travis is on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Through 22 games at Triple-A Buffalo, Kawasaki was hitting .232/.354/.290 with two RBI and four stolen bases.
Thu, May 21, 2015 11:43:00 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Adam Warren
6Neil Ramirez
7Travis Wood
8Zac Rosscup
9Clayton Richard