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66 Munenori Kawasaki 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/175 | Birthdate: 6/3/1981 | Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 449.00
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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.


Munenori Kawasaki with four-hit game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Blue Jays designated hitter Munenori Kawasaki recorded four hits during a loss at Baltimore Wednesday. Kawasaki went 4 for 5 as the No. 2 hitter in the lineup. 

Kawasaki did not drive in or score a run for Toronto during the loss. He doubled and is batting .237 on the season. 

The 32-year-old has gone 6 for 11 over his last three games, but hasn't driven in a run in a while. He has 24 RBI on the year over 232 at-bats. 


Munenori Kawsaki worth a look in AL-only


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2013) With Maicer Izturis out for the season, and Brett Lawrie ruled out as a second baseman this season, the Blue Jays' starting job at second base for the remainder of 2013 should belong to Munenori Kawasaki

Kawsaki, 32, has played shortstop for most of his career, but has made 14 appearances at second base this season, including five this month (since his Aug. 14 recall). And the new position seems to suit him well; Kawasaki is hitting .417 in his last five games (after being activated from paternity leave), having played three games at second. 

Don't expect much in the way of average or power from Kawasaki. But he can steal the occasional base, has dual 2B/SS eligibility, and will get near-regular at-bats going forward. He's worth an add in AL-only Roto formats. 


Munenori Kawasaki back from paternity list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki has returned from paternity leave Monday.

Kawasaki will be available for the team's next game, which is Tuesday against the Yankees. Kawasaki is hitting .205/.309/.286 in 185 at-bats.


Blue Jays expect Munenori Kawasaki back Tuesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) The Blue Jays expect to get back infielder Munenori Kawasaki from the paternity leave list on Tuesday, Sportsnet.ca reports Saturday. Kawasaki and his wife had a baby boy. Kawasaki has a .595 OPS with seven stolen bases in 185 at-bats this year.


Blue Jays place Munenori Kawasaki on paternity leave list


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki has been placed on the paternity list and will miss one to three days while his wife gives birth, SportsNet reports. Kawasaki has a .595 OPS with seven stolen bases in 185 at-bats this year.

Maicer Izturis, Muneori Kawasaki to share PT at second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday recently recalled infielder Muneori Kawasaki and infielder Maicer Izturis will share playing time at second base.

"I think Izzy's been looking a little worn out," Gibbons said.


Munenori Kawasaki back with Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) The Blue Jays recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday. Kawasaki is batting .213 with one home run and 20 RBI in 70 games with Toronto this season.

Munenori Kawasaki optioned to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2013) The Blue Jays optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo Saturday to make room for Brett Lawrie's return from the disabled list. Kawasaki hit .213 with a .617 OPS in 70 games.  

Munenori Kawasaki recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) Just two days after shipping him to the minors, the Blue Jays recalled shortstop Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo Thursday.

Kawasaki went 2 for 4 for the Bisons Thursday before getting the call. He is expected to join the team Friday at Boston. He hit .225 with a home run, 17 RBI and 20 runs scored in 151 at-bats in the majors.

Munenori Kawasaki headed back to minors


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) The Blue Jays demoted shortstop Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday following a game against the Rays, FOX Sports reports. With Jose Reyes set to return, Kawasaki was no longer needed

The 32-year-old Kawasaki had been a spark plug for the Blue Jays, especially during the team's 11-game winning streak. He is batting .225 for the club over 151 at-bats with a homer, 17 RBI and 20 runs scored. 


Munenori Kawasaki makes an impact in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2013)  Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki hit the first home run of his major-league career Friday, as he played a big part in a 7-6 comeback win.

Kawasaki snuck a two-run home run over the right field fence to tie the game 6-6 in the seventh inning. He finished the game 2 for 4, adding an RBI single in the fifth inning. He drove in three runs in a game for just the second time this season.

Kawasaki is batting .229 on the season, with one home run and 17 RBI. 


Munenori Kawasaki comes up with big hit


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2013) Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki had a big game Sunday against the Orioles. Kawasaki walked off for Toronto as his double to deep left center off Jim Johnson in the bottom of the ninth inning gave his team its first lead and the win. 

Kawasaki went 3 for 5 in the game with three RBI and his third double of the year. He's batting .247 and has hit in three straight games. Kawasaki has gone 15 for 56 (.268) in May with 11 RBI as he's holding down injured Jose Reyes' position.