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Danny Valencia | Third Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off the bench Wednesday against the Red Sox.
It was Valencia's first homer since arriving in Toronto, but he's batting .308 in 65 at-bats since being acquired from the Royals. The homer off Junichi Tazawa was his first against a right-hander. He entered the night hitting .360/.408/.494 with two homers against lefties and .212/.256/.271 versus righties. Aug 27 - 10:19 PM

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Getting a rare start against right-handed pitching, Danny Valencia responded by going 2-for-5 with an RBI in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

He has done a very nice job in his limited time this season, slashing .283/.324/.377 with a pair of homers and 13 RBI in 138 at-bats. He is currently getting work at first base, but should be relegated back to a bench role once Edwin Encarnacion returns.
Aug 8 - 10:43 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that he plans to give Danny Valencia a shot against right-handed pitching.

"We want to see what he can do," Gibbons said. Valencia has already shown what he can do (or can't do) versus righties in his career, batting .228 with a .623 OPS. Evidently Gibbons needs to see it with his own eyes, though. With Brett Lawrie (oblique) out again, the Jays don't have many options at third base.
Aug 8 - 4:42 PM

Blue Jays acquired 3B Danny Valencia from the Royals in exchange for RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz.

Valencia can play third base against left-handed pitching until Brett Lawrie (finger) is ready to return, and even then he might still get starts if Lawrie is used at second base. The 29-year-old has batted .282/.328/.382 with two homers over 36 games for the Royals this season and is a career .333/.369/.510 batter versus southpaws.
Jul 28 - 7:16 PM

Danny Valencia (hand) finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

Valencia was hit on the left hand by a Chris Sale pitch on Monday and suffered a minor bruise. The backup infielder is hitting .287/.333/.389 in 34 games this year.
Jul 24 - 4:20 AM

X-rays on Danny Valencia's left hand came back negative.

Valencia was plunked by a Chris Sale pitch Monday and eventually had to leave the game. He'll be fine but might be unavailable for a day or two.
Jul 21 - 11:37 PM

Danny Valencia admitted Monday that his left hand is still not 100 percent.

Valencia was activated from the disabled list on Sunday after missing a couple weeks with a strained left hand. He played all nine innings Sunday but concedes that the hand is still compromised. "I felt all right, my hand is not 100 percent, but it's enough that I can compete," Valencia said. Valencia will start at third base against left-handers, with Mike Moustakas getting the call versus righties.
Jun 23 - 9:24 PM

Royals activated 3B Danny Valencia from the 15-day disabled list

Valencia got in three rehab games with Triple-A Omaha and didn't have any issues with his left wrist, clearing the way for his return. Mike Moustakas has four homers over his last 11 games and will continue to play against most right-handers, which means Valencia is back to facing mostly lefties.
Jun 22 - 11:23 AM

Danny Valencia (wrist) was scheduled to take batting practice Monday.

Assuming he gets through it with no issues, he's expected to be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. Valencia should need just a handful of rehab games before possibly returning by the end of this week.
Jun 16 - 8:27 PM

Danny Valencia (wrist) expects to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.

Valencia expects to only need a couple rehab games, so it sounds like he'll be back just after his 15 days are up. Mike Moustakas' struggles have continued since he replaced Valencia, so he could go back to Triple-A.
Jun 13 - 5:58 PM

Royals placed 3B Danny Valencia on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left wrist.

Valencia missed a few games last week with the injury before returning on Friday. However, he went hitless over eight at-bats the last two days -- striking out four times -- as the ailment is apparently still an issue. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Mike Moustakas has been recalled to replace Valencia on the roster.
Jun 1 - 9:45 AM

Danny Valencia (hand) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the Blue Jays on Friday in his return to the starting lineup.

Valencia hadn't played since last Saturday due to a sprained left hand, but he's feeling better now. With Mike Moustakas in the minors, the 29-year-old is expected to get the bulk of the playing time at third base.
May 31 - 10:33 AM

Danny Valencia (hand) is expected to be sidelined for 3-5 more days.

Valencia tried swinging a bat Monday but had too much pain in his sprained left hand. "He went in to try to swing, and he couldn't swing," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Valencia missed a second straight start Monday and admitted before the game that he was feeling "not too great right now." It sounds like he'll probably avoid the DL, but the Royals will have to roll with Jimmy Paredes and Pedro Ciriaco at third base for a while.
May 26 - 9:10 PM

Danny Valencia has been diagnosed with a sprained left hand.

It's good news, as Valencia was worried he may have fractured his hamate bone. The third baseman might miss a few games but is considered day-to-day.
May 25 - 1:09 PM

Royals GM Dayton Moore said Thursday morning that Danny Valencia will be the club's primary third baseman while Mike Moustakas is in the minor leagues.

Moustakas was demoted to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday after batting .152/.223/.320 over his first 139 plate appearances. Valencia has hit .305 with an .863 OPS in 228 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2013 season and may be worth a look in deep mixed fantasy leagues.
May 22 - 11:39 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Dioner Navarro
2Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Dan Johnson
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Steve Tolleson
3Munenori Kawasaki
SS1Jose Reyes
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Juan Francisco
3Danny Valencia
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Colby Rasmus
2Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Adam Lind
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Brandon Morrow
3Mark Buehrle
4Drew Hutchison
5J.A. Happ
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Casey Janssen
2Aaron Loup
3Brett Cecil
4Dustin McGowan
5Todd Redmond
6Aaron Sanchez
7Chad Jenkins