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Norichika Aoki | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 182
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Norichika Aoki went 2-for-2 with three stolen bases and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Aoki also walked twice, reaching base all four times he came to the plate. He took advantage of rookie catcher Andrew Susac behind the plate, swiping three bags as the Royals stole seven bases on the day. The stolen bases gave Aoki 13 steals on the year. The outfielder is hitting .267/.339/.336 with 47 runs scored on the year. Aug 10 - 7:25 PM

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Norichika Aoki hit a grand slam on Tuesday, driving in four in a 12-2 Royals win.

We'll let that sink in for a few minutes. Aoki only had eighteen career home runs coming into Tuesday's game, with no long balls on the 2014 line. Wade Miley loaded the bases in the fifth inning, and once Bo Shultz replaced Miley to face Aoki, the fearsome slugger promptly homered. Slam aside, it's been a tough season for Aoki in his first year in the AL, as he's battled leg injuries and hasn't produced when healthy, slashing to a .265/.333/.329 line.
Aug 6 - 1:00 AM

Norichika Aoki helped the Royals walk off with an RBI single in Thursday's 14-inning, 2-1 win over the Indians.

Aoki had been hitless in his four previous trips to the plate, but ended up becoming the hero. Lorenzo Cain singled and stole second base to lead off the 14th. After Danny Valencia struck out, Aoki singled to left field to plate Cain. Aoki has been hitting better as of late, but still has a mediocre .262/.331/.320 slash line with no home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
Jul 25 - 12:51 AM

Royals activated OF Norichika Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

Aoki is hitting leadoff and is in right field on Friday against the Tigers. He batted just .263/.326/.324 over 68 games before going down with a groin injury and might not receive regular playing time once Alex Gordon (wrist) returns.
Jul 11 - 3:31 PM

Norichika Aoki (groin) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday.

He should only need a few rehab games before being activated later this week. Aoki has been on the shelf since mid-June with a strained groin.
Jul 6 - 10:57 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that he doesn't expect Norichika Aoki (groin) to return before the end of the team's road trip on July 9.

Tuesday is the first day Aoki was eligible to return, but it sounds like he's at least a week away. Jarrod Dyson will continue to benefit from more playing time while Aoki is on the shelf.
Jul 1 - 6:23 PM

Royals placed OF Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury.

Aoki has been bothered by the injury all week and will now get some extended rest. The Royals called up Justin Maxwell to take his spot on the active roster, but Jarrod Dyson figures to see an uptick in playing time during Aoki's absence. He's worth picking up in deeper mixed leagues.
Jun 21 - 10:48 AM

Norichika Aoki (groin) is back in the Royals' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

Aoki sat out Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with a groin cramp. He will bat leadoff and play right field as the Royals go for their 11th straight victory.
Jun 19 - 10:48 AM

Norichika Aoki (groin) is not in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

Aoki exited Tuesday's contest with a groin cramp. He had said he'd be fine to play Wednesday, but it's no surprise the Royals are holding him out. Consider Aoki day-to-day. Lorenzo Cain is in right field Wednesday, with Jarrod Dyson manning center.
Jun 18 - 10:22 AM

Norichika Aoki (groin) thinks he'll be ready to play on Wednesday.

Aoki exited Tuesday's contest with a groin injury, but he said it's just a cramp. It's good that he thinks he'll be ready to play Wednesday, but the smart money would be on him sitting for a day or two.
Jun 17 - 11:21 PM

Norichika Aoki left Tuesday's game versus the Tigers with discomfort in his groin muscle.

Aoki must have injured himself at some point when he singled and eventually scored in the top of the second inning, as Lorenzo Cain took his spot in right field for the bottom of the frame. The Royals should update the outfielder's status after the game.
Jun 17 - 8:08 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that he has no plans to reduce Norichika Aoki's playing time.

"I’ll give (Jarrod Dyson) a day here or there," Yost said. "But, to answer your question, no." Aoki has been a disappointment from the leadoff spot, batting just .259/.321/.313 with no homers and 12 RBI. He also hasn't played up to his reputation defensively, as the Royals have been subbing him out late in games recently. However, it appears Aoki's job is safe for now.
Jun 4 - 10:15 AM

Norichika Aoki (elbow) went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in his return to the starting lineup Monday.

Aoki was hit in the elbow by a pitch during Friday's game and sat out Sunday due to soreness, but it's not a major concern. The 32-year-old is batting .275/.329/.332 through his first 48 games with Kansas City.
May 27 - 8:44 AM

Norichika Aoki was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup due to a sore elbow.

Aoki was hit by a pitch during Friday's game and is still feeling the effects. He's considered day-to-day. Jarrod Dyson took Aoki's spot in the lineup Sunday.
May 25 - 1:11 PM

Norichika Aoki went 3-for-6 with two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

It was a much-needed game for the right fielder, whose average had dipped to .264 after a cold stretch. Aoki also stole a base, his fourth of the season. With the three-hit effort, his season line is at .276/.331/.346.
May 7 - 6:58 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Billy Butler
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Josh Willingham
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Aaron Crow
5Jason Frasor
6Francisley Bueno
7Scott Downs
8Bruce Chen
9Luke Hochevar