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66 Munenori Kawasaki 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/170 | Birthdate: 6/3/1981 | Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Blue Jays INF Munenori Kawasaki shuffled off to Buffalo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) The Blue Jays have demoted infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo to clear room for second baseman Devon Travis, who is returning from injury.

Kawasaki played sparingly during his stint with the team. He participated in 12 games, but earned just 15 at-bats and sported a .200 average.


Munenori Kawasaki replaces Ryan Goins in Blue Jays' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game, snapping a streak of 12 straight starts at first for the Jays. Goins has started 15 of the last 16 games. 

Munenori Kawasaki will replace Goins at second, getting the call for just the fifth time this year. He'll bat ninth. 


Blue Jays recall infielder Munenori Kawasaki


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) The Blue Jays recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday after placing starting pitcher R.A. Dickey on the bereavement list.

Blue Jays call up Scott Copeland; demote Munenori Kawasaki


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) The Blue Jays called up pitcher Scott Copeland after Tuesday's game, the team announced. The Blue Jays also optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A to make room for Copeland on the roster.

Copeland is expected to start Wednesday's game against the Marlins. Kawasaki is 3 for 11 with one RBI in eight games this season.


Blue Jays send Steve Tolleson to DL, recall Munenori Kawasaki


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) The Blue Jays placed infielder Steve Tolleson on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a groin strain and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

Tolleson's move is retroactive to May 27 after the infielder has missed the last few games while nursing the injury. He is 11 for 41 with two stolen bases in 19 games.

Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A less than a week ago when Jose Reyes returned from the disabled list. He's just 1 for 5 in three games with the Blue Jays while hitting .221/.330/.279 in 86 at-bats with Buffalo.


Blue Jays activate Jose Reyes, option Munenori Kawasaki


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) The Blue Jays activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, optioning infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.

Reyes, who has been sidelined since April 27 while recovering from a fractured rib, played three games with Buffalo this weekend before making his return on Monday. He has hit .250/.266/.300 with three stolen bases in 60 at-bats. Reyes will bat leadoff against the White Sox on Monday in his return.

Kawasaki went 1 for 5 in three appearances with the Blue Jays. He returns to a .222/.349/.278 line in 72 at-bats with Buffalo.


Jose Bautista out of Blue Jays' lineup after cortisone shot


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Blue Jays DH Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, per Toronto's 590 AM. Bautista is out of the lineup Sunday and will likely miss Monday as well. 

Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH from first base to replace Bautista, with Justin Smoak getting the start at first. 

Munenori Kawasaki also gets his second start of the year second base, replacing Steve Tolleson

Danny Valencia also gets a rest. Chris Colabello moves over from right field to left to replace him. Ezequiel Carrera replaces Colabello in right. 


Blue Jays INF Munenori Kawasaki makes season debut on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) After just being recalled from Triple-A, Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners. Kawasaki is playing second base and batting ninth in manager John Gibbons' lineup.

In 23 games at Buffalo this season, Kawasaki was batting .222 (16 for 72) with four doubles and four stolen bases. Steve Tolleson will get the day off Friday after starting five straight games. 


Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis heads to 15-day DL


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The Blue Jays placed second baseman Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list due to his shoulder injury, according to Sportsnet. 

The injury has kept Travis out of the lineup since last Saturday. It has been nagging Travis, who saw his average dip from .368 on April 27 to .271. 

With Travis going on the DL, the Blue Jays are filling his roster spot by selecting the contract of second baseman Munenori Kawasaki.


Blue Jays reassign Munenori Kawasaki to minor-league camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Blue Jays have reassigned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to minor-league camp on Tuesday, according to TSN.ca. Kawasaki slashed .348/.483/.565 with two RBI over 23 Grapefruit League at-bats.

Munenori Kawasaki signs minor-league deal with Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Blue Jays have signed infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor-league contract, according to the National Post. Kawasaki will be invited to major-league spring training.

Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 with 17 RBI and one stolen base in 240 at-bats. He made 64 appearances at second base and 19 at third base while also playing shortstop four times.


Blue Jays outright Munenori Kawasaki, Dan Johnson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Blue Jays have outrighted infielder Munenori Kawasaki and first baseman Dan Johnson.

Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 with 17 RBI and one stolen base in 240 at-bats. He made 64 appearances at second base and 19 at third base while also playing shortstop four times. Johnson recorded just 38 at-bats with the Blue Jays, hitting .211/.333/.342 with one home run and seven RBI.


Munenori Kawasaki returns from hamstring injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Blue Jays second baseman Munenori Kawasaki got all the time he needed to recover from a hamstring injury with the All-Star break, and he is back in the lineup Friday against the Rangers for the start of the second half.

Kawasaki was forced out of the last Friday's game as a result of his injury, and ended up missing the final two games of the first half.  


Hamstring still bothering Munenori Kawasaki


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/13/2014) Blue Jays second baseman Munenori Kawasaki was not in the starting lineup for the second straight day Sunday as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. Kawasaki suffered the injury Friday. He's hitting .284 with three RBI in 88 at-bats.

Hamstring injury keeps Munenori Kawasaki out Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays, after leaving the team's previous game due to a hamstring injury. He is day to day moving forward. 

Munenori Kawasaki exits game with hamstring injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki was forced out of Friday's game against the Rays in Tampa because of hamstring tightness, Sportsnet.ca reports.

Kawasaki finished 1 for 4 with an RBI single and was replaced by Steve Tolleson. Kawasaki owns a .284 with three RBI in 88 at-bats. His status remains up in the air for Saturday's game at Tropicana Field.

Blue Jays promote Munenori Kawasaki, option Steve Delabar


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/17/2014) The Blue Jays called up infielder Munenori Kawasaki and optioned pitcher Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo. Delabar was 3-0 with a 4.68 ERA in 25 innings. In an earlier major-league stint this season, Kawaski went 3 for 12 with one RBI.

Blue Jays make changes to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) The Blue Jays made a few roster moves as expected Tuesday.

The team selected the contract of infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo after placing infielder Maicer Izturis (knee) on the 15-day disabled list. Izturis is expected to miss 4-6 recovering from a torn LCL in his knee.

To make room for Kawasaki on the 40-man roster, pitcher Marcus Walden was designated for assignment. Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress also cleared waivers and was outrighted to Buffalo.


Blue Jays make a change to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced after Sunday's game against the Orioles that catcher Erik Kratz was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. To take his roster spot, infielder Munenori Kawasaki will be recalled from the minors before Tuesday's game against the Twins.

Munenori Kawasaki will not make Blue Jays roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday infielder Munenori Kawasaki will not make the opening day roster, per MLB.com. Kawasaki is batting .222 (4 for 18) through 20 spring games.

Munenori Kawasaki singles twice Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki singled in both his at-bats as he drew the start in Friday's 4-2 win over the Pirates. Manager John Gibbons praised the shortstop after the game.

"I said this all last year, when he's on the field, good things usually happen," Gibbons told MLB.com. "When he's at-bat, he gives you a good at-bat, fundamentally, he's a sound defensive player. On the bases, he's got real good instincts. Just a good all-around player."

Kawasaki will provide depth at both middle infield positions for the Blue Jays after hitting .229/.326/.308 in 240 at-bats last season.


Munenori Kawasaki works in left field during intrasquad game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Blue Jays infieler Munenori Kawasaki played left field during Tuesday's intrasquad game as the team attempts to increase his verstaility with the hope of using him as a superutility player, MLB.com reports.

"We're going to play him a little bit in the outfield," manager John Gibbons said. "If he can do it, it just makes his opportunities better on the team. He's a good athlete, he can play out there. You'll see him out there a bit. How often? I'm not sure."

Kawasaki didn't receive any defensive chances in left field during the game, but he should get the opportunity to show his outfield chops before long.


Blue Jays bring back Munenori Kawasaki


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) The Blue Jays have signed infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor-league contract and invited him to the team's spring training, according to the Toronto Star. Kawasaki batted .229/.326/.308 with one home run, 24 RBI and seven stolen bases in 240 at-bats last season.

Munenori Kawasaki likely headed back to Japan


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki is likely headed back to Japan after his option wasn't picked up by the team, according to the Toronto Star.

Kawasaki may have refused the option in order to go to Japan. The team was aware of Kawasaki's decision to go back. He hit .229/.326/.308 in 240 at-bats.


Munenori Kawasaki hits free agency after option declined


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) The Blue Jays have declined a $1 million option on infielder Munenori Kawasaki for 2014, sportsnet.ca reports.

Kawasaki, who could return to Toronto on a minor-league deal, hit .229/.326/.308 with one home run, 24 RBI and seven stolen bases in 240 at-bats this season.