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Kansas City Royals

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Mon. Sep 1, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Willingham is dealing with soreness in a rib cage muscle and won't swing a bat until Tuesday at the earliest, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Impact: There's some concern that Willingham might be dealing with an oblique strain, which would likely sideline him even longer than the injury the Royals believe he's currently dealing with. The team's scarce usage of Willingham after acquiring from the Twins on Aug. 11 has been surprising considering the team gave up a pretty good prospect in Jason Adam to acquire him, and his usage will likely only decline from here. Eric Hosmer returned from the DL on Monday to bump Billy Butler back to DH duties, and an ailing Willingham will have little chance at surpassing the latter on the depth chart.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Aug 27, 2014
News: Willingham is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. Impact: After he was dropped from the lineup the previous two games, Willingham returned to a starting role Tuesday but failed to capitalize on it, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He's slashing a respectable .282/.364/.538 over 13 games with the Royals, but manager Ned Yost still seems hesitant to turn DH duties over to him on a permanent basis. He'll continue to work in a timeshare with Raul Ibanez, who will enter the lineup Wednesday.(RotoWire, )
Mon. Aug 25, 2014
News: Willingham is out of the lineup for a second straight game Monday against the Yankees, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Impact: Willingham is 1-for-6 with three strikeouts in his career against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, but that wouldn't seem significant enough to justify his absence from the lineup. The Royals haven't passed along any word that Willingham is dealing with an injury, so it seems manager Ned Yost simply preferred to roll with Raul Ibanez at DH for the second straight game for reasons unbeknownst to the rest of us.(RotoWire, )
Aug 24, 2014
News: Willingham is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Impact: Willingham will sit following his first hitless start since Aug. 14. Raul Ibanez gets the start as the designated hitter and will bat sixth for the Royals on Sunday.(RotoWire, )
Tue. Aug 19, 2014
News: Willingham is out of the lineup Tuesday at Colorado, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports. Impact: Since joining the Royals last week, Willingham has played DH, hitting .333/.385/.583 with one homer, five RBI, four runs and one stolen base in 24 at-bats. However, with nine strikeouts during that stretch, his free-swinging ways haven't been quelled. In any case, the Royals are in a National League park Tuesday and Wednesday, likely leaving him to pinch hit until this weekend in Texas.(RotoWire, )
Mon. Aug 18, 2014
News: Willingham went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in a victory over the Twins on Sunday. Impact: Willingham, slotting in the sixth spot in the order again, has had a productive series against his old team so far, going 3-for-9 with the homer, two doubles and five RBI. He's now slashing .214/.344/.416 this season.(RotoWire, )
Josh Willingham
2014 Season
Ht: 6' 2"  Wt: 228  Age: 35
Bats: R  Throws: R
Born: 2/17/1979, Florence, Alabama
College: Northern Alabama
Debut: 2004
Salary: $7,000,000
Injury Status
No Current Injury