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23 Norichika Aoki RF
Height/Weight: 5-9/180 | Birthdate: 1/5/1982 | Birthplace: Hyuga City, Miyazaki, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Kansas City | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 29/14 | Average Draft Position: 174.49
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Norichika Aoki returns from DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Royals activated outfielder Norichika Aoki from the disabled list Friday, after his recovery from a groin injury.

Aoki appeared in three rehab games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, picking up one hit in 10 at-bats. He was hitting .263/.326/.324 in 262 at-bats prior to the injury.  


Manager: Norichika Aoki to need 6-7 rehab games


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Ned Yost has indicated that outfielder Norichika Aoki will require at least six or seven rehab games before returning to the Royals lineup, which means no roster move regarding him will be necessary until after the All-Star break.

A groin injury has sidelined Aoki since June 20. He will take a .263/.326/.324 stat line into his return to the team.


Norichika Aoki goes hitless in rehab debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki went 0 for 3 in his rehab debut with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Monday.

Aoki hasn't played since June 20, and he doesn't have a specific timetable for his return from a groin injury. It wouldn't be surprising to see him remain on the disabled list through the All-Star break, especially if the team wants him to continue to get comfortable at the plate while the major-league club rests.


No timetable for Norichika Aoki's return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki (groin) will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but there's no timetable for his return, reports MLB.com. He has not played since June 20

"I really haven't heard much about it," Aoki told the website. "I just want to get some at-bats and play some games. In terms of drills and practice, I feel great and I've just got to bring that into the game now."


Norichika Aoki to begin rehab assignment Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki (groin) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Monday.

Norichika Aoki out through road trip


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki will likely need more time than the minimum to make his return from the disabled list, as he continues to recover from a groin injury.

Aoki is eligible to come off the DL Sunday, but manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star Tuesday he does not expect Aoki back during the team's current road trip. That road trip runs until July 9, with July 10 against the tigers appearing to be his earliest possible return date. 


Norichika Aoki hits 15-day disabled list Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. 

Aoki has been dealing with a groin injury, but has attempted to return the past few days. The team called up Justin Maxwell to take his roster spot. Aoki is hitting .263/.326/.324 over 262 at-bats.


Norichika Aoki returns Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki returned to the starting lineup Thursday.

Aoki is dealing with a groin injury, and was considered questionable coming into the day. Through 257 at-bats, Aoki is hitting .261/.325/.319.


Royals sitting Norichika Aoki against Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Royals outfielder and leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki is out of the Wednesday lineup for the game in Detroit due to a groin injury.

Aoki left the Tuesday night game with discomfort in the area. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.


Norichika Aoki exits game with groin discomfort


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki was removed from Tuesday's game against the Tigers due to left groin discomfort, the team announced.

Aoki was part of a seven-run second inning Tuesday by singling with no outs and eventually coming around to score. He was replaced in right field in the bottom half of the second. Aoki has hit .261/.325/.319 with 14 RBI and seven stolen bases in 254 at-bats.


Norichika Aoki back in the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Royals outfielder Noricihka Aoki was back in the lineup Monday after sitting out Sunday with a sore elbow. He's hitting .282 with no homers, 10 RBI, 27 runs scored and six stolen bases.

Norichika Aoki sits out with sore elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki was not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Angels as he is dealing with a sore elbow as a result of getting hit by a pitch Friday, per The Kansas City Star. Aoki did play all 13 innings Saturday during a 7-4 win.

Aoki is batting .313 in his last 16 games. He has two doubles, three RBI, four walks, seven strikeouts, 11 runs and three stolen bases in that span.


Norichika Aoki records three hits in blowout win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014)  Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki snapped out of a slump Wednesday, with his first multi-hit game in seven games in an 8-0 win over the Padres.

Aoki went 3 for 6 at the top of the order, with one stolen base and two runs scored. He also struck out once, just his third in the last six games.

Aoki is now hitting .276/.331/.346 on the season, with 18 runs scored in 31 games. 


Norichika Aoki sitting Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki was not in the starting lineup Thursday.

Justin Maxwell will get the start in right, and Omar Infante will fill the leadoff spot. Aoki is hitting .284 in 102 at-bats.


Norichika Aoki triples in two-hit game Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run in his team's 4-2 win over the Rays Monday.

Aoki opened the season 0 for 9 in his first two games but then got hot, going 6 for 11 with three runs, two doubles and one triple over his last three games. He's also drawn three walks and recorded one steal. He'll continue to top the Royals lineup while healthy and producing.


Royals announce opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Royals released their lineup for opening day against the Tigers. Right fielder Norichika Aoki will hit leadoff, and he will be followed by second baseman Omar Infante, first baseman Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, third baseman Mike Moustakas, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Royals fill outfield need with ... Norichika Aoki


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) The Royals, who are rumored to be in the running for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, addressed one outfield need by acquiring Norichika Aoki from the Brewers in exchange for left-hander Will Smith Thursday.

Aoki batted leadoff for the Brewers last season, hitting .286 with eight home runs and 20 stolen bases. He has reached base at a .355 clip or better both of his years in the majors. The 31-year-old will most likely play either center or right field for the Royals, depending on what other moves they make this offseason.


Norichika Aoki has 2014 option picked up


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) The Brewers have picked up outfielder Norichika Aoki's 2014 option Tuesday, MLB.com reports. Milwaukee did not want to wait until after the World Series to get it done. 

Aoki hit .286 last year for the Brewers over 597 at-bats as he managed to stay healthy. He swatted eight homers, drove in 37 runs, hit 20 doubles and stole 20 bases. 


Norichika Aoki collects three hits in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Leading off for the Brewers Wednesday, outfielder Norichika Aoki went 3 for 5 with two RBI and his 20th double in his team's 4-0 win over the Braves.

Aoki has doubled in four straight games and produced 13 hits in 25 hits during a six-game hitting streak while scoring eight times over that stretch. He has hit .289/.358/.370 with seven home runs, 36 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 581 at-bats.


Norichika Aoki rests knee Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki was out of Thursday's starting lineup for the third time in the team's last seven games as he continues to deal with tendinitis in his right knee.

"I'm trying to make sure he's strong, and when he goes out there he feels as close to 100 percent as he can be," manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com. "He may not be 100 percent the rest of the season, but to keep asking him to grind it out all the time, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me."

Aoki has hit .259/.322/.321 with one home run and one stolen base in 81 at-bats in August.


Brewers trying to get Norichika Aoki closer to 100 percent


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke chose to rest Norichika Aoki Sunday against the Reds. Aoki missed Wednesday's game with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

"He's fine," Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "He could play today. I think it's maybe trying to get him completely healthy. We probably won't be able to, but this will help again."

Aoki said his knee is feeling better.

"He's been fine playing the last couple days," Roenicke said. "With [center fielder Carlos Gomez] banged up and him a little bit, [too], I'd like to get him closer to 100 percent."


Norichika Aoki returns to the lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki was back in the lineup Friday against the Reds, after missing the team's previous game and getting two days off with knee soreness.

Aoki is in his normal place in the lineup, batting first and playing right field. 


Norichika Aoki out with knee soreness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki is not available Wednesday due to knee soreness.

Aoki has played in eight straight games. He'll be replaced by Sean Halton in right. Aoki is likely day-to-day at this point. He's hitting .278/.337/.361 in 474 at-bats. 


Norichika Aoki sits Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Aoki will be replaced by Sean Halton in right. In 119 games, Aoki is hitting .278/.337/.361 in 474 at-bats. 


Norichika Aoki hits seventh home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki hit his seventh home run Monday against the Cardinals.

Aoki went 2 for 5, with a solo shot off Shelby Miller. Aoki finished the contest with one run scored and one RBI. He's hitting .278/.337/.361 in 471 at-bats.