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7 Josh Willingham LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 2/17/1979 | Birthplace: Florence, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: North Alabama | MLB Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 23/11 | Average Draft Position: 247.16
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Josh Willingham to retire at end of season?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham is "100 percent retiring" at the end of the season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Willingham has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career. He was limited to just 91 games this season due to a wrist issue. Willingham should make the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year career this season. He's hitting .218/.349/.401 over 294 at-bats. 


Josh Willingham back in action Wednesday for Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Royals designated hitter Josh Willingham is set to start Wednesday against the White Sox after being benched for six starts with a groin injury. He has had just one at-bat since Sept. 11.

Willingham returns with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 287 at-bats this season. But he has 96 strikeouts.


Josh Willingham still held out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham missed his third game in a row due to a groin injury Tuesday against the White Sox. Willingham has not played since last Thursday, and remains day to day at this point. 

Josh Willingham a no-go Monday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham, who has been the team's primary designated hitter since arriving from the Twins in a mid-August trade, was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game Monday against the White Sox because of a strained groin. Billy Butler once again started in his absence.

Willingham is batting .274 (17 for 62) with two home runs in 20 games for the Royals.


Josh Willingham sidelined by groin injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) After starting as the Royals' designated hitter in the their series opener against the Red Sox on Thursday, Josh Willingham sat out the next two games with a strained groin, and he was out of the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale.

Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star that Willingham had experienced some improvement over the weekend but will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties when he returns. Willingham is day to day with the injury.


Josh Willingham able to return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Yankees, after sitting out nearly a week with a back injury. He is batting sixth and serving as the designated hitter for Saturday's game. 

Josh Willingham sitting out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham was not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Yankees.

Willingham is dealing with a back issue. He hasn't played since August 31 due to the injury. Willingham is hitting .219/.350/.416 over 269 at-bats. 


Josh Willingham able to come off bench Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham is available off the bench Tuesday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Willingham wasn't in the team's starting lineup, but could come off the bench. He felt no pain swinging Tuesday. Willingham received a shot to help him deal with the discomfort. He said he could come off the bench to pinch hit.


Josh Willingham misses fourth straight with back injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham is not in the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Tuesday against the Rangers, as he continues to deal with a back injury. He remains day to day as a result of the injury, which has kept him out since Friday. 

Josh Willingham not ready to return Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Royals designated hitter Josh Willingham was held out of the starting lineup Monday against the Rangers. Willingham has been sidelined since Friday due to back stiffness. He is hitting .219 with 14 homers and 40 RBI over 269 at-bats.

Josh Willingham still out due to back stiffness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Royals DH Josh Willingham missed a second straight start Sunday against the Indians due to back stiffness. Manager Ned Yost hopes Willingham will return to the lineup Monday.

Josh Willingham batting sixth in Royals debut Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Royals designated hitter Josh Willingham is batting sixth Tuesday against the A's in his debut with his new team.

Willingham was acquired by the Royals Monday and added to the active roster before Tuesday's game. He has hit .210/.345/.402 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 224 at-bats. He owns a .278/.402/.430 line with three home runs in 79 career at-bats in his new home stadium.


Royals acquire Josh Willingham from Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Willingham from the Twins for pitcher Jason Adam on Monday, the team announced. Willingham batted .210 with 12 homers and 34 RBI in 224 at-bats. Adam went 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA in 113 2/3 innings in the minors this season.

Josh Willingham a no-go Wednesday against Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is absent from the Wednesday lineup against San Diego. Jordan Schafer is set to man that position instead.

Willingham is 1 for 13 in his last three games.


Josh Willingham homers, steals base Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Twins designated hitter Josh Willingham went 1 for 3 with a walk, a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 3-2 loss to the Royals Wednesday.

Willingham's name has come up in trade rumors this month, but the team seems likely to hold on to him through the deadline, provided another team doesn't bowl them over with an offer. He has hit .223/.366/.436 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI and now one stolen base in 188 at-bats.


Report: Mariners, Twins discussing Josh Willingham


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Mariners are in discussions with the Twins to potentially acquire outfielder Josh Willingham, FOXSports.com reports.

The Mariners are looking to add some right-handed pop to their lefty-dominated lineup, even after picking up the switch-hitting Kendrys Morales. Willingham entered play Tuesday with a .219/.361/.421 line and 10 home runs in 183 at-bats.


Report: Yankees might trade for outfielder before deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and Rangers outfielder Alex Rios are a few players the Yankees are considering as trade targets as the July 31 non-waiver deadline looms, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Though, the Yankees might prefer Willingham the most because of his contract situation. Still, Byrd and Rios haven't been ruled out.


Josh Willingham homers and singles in defeat to White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) It was a classic too-little, too-late blast, but Twins left fielder Josh Willingham did go deep Friday night against the White Sox. He launched his 10th in the ninth inning, a solo job that merely ended the scoring in a 9-5 loss.

Willingham added a single and scored two runs in sweetening his stat line to .213/.354/.421.


Twins open to trading potential free agents


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Twins are open to trading DH Kendrys Morales, who signed with the team in early June, and other potential free agents, according to FOX Sports. The list includes Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and Kurt Suzuki.

Though, the Twins might try to keep Suzuki since few contenders have a need for a catcher.


Slumping Josh Willingham out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is getting the afternoon off Wednesday against the visiting Indians.

Willingham slammed the game-winning home run in the first game of the series before going hitless Tuesday. He has just seven hits in his last 54 at-bats.


Josh Willingham slugs ninth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham went 2 for 3 with a walk and a tiebreaking eighth-inning home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Indians Monday.

Willingham entered the game just 5 for 45 in July but managed to turn in his first multihit game of the month Monday. He has hit .217/.365/.422 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 166 at-bats.


Josh Willingham homers, scores game-winner Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham emerged from a slump Saturday in playing hero in a 10-inning win over the Yankees.

Willingham homered to tie it in the seventh, then walked and scored the game-winner on an error. His blast marked his first hit since June 29.


Twins lineup Friday sans Josh Willingham


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has been benched for the Friday game against the visiting Yankees and replaced by just-recalled Chris Colabello.

Willingham has been mired in a slump that has left him hitless in 12 at-bats since June 29 and 5 for 53 since June 11.


Josh Willingham absent from Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) A day off last Saturday didn't help heat up Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, so apparently Ron Gardenhire is giving it another shot. Willingham has again been benched on a Saturday, this time in Texas.

Willingham is hitless in three of his last four games and has just three hits in his last 29 at-bats.


Twins hope day off Saturday will help Josh Willingham


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire held 35-year-old left fielder Josh Willingham out of the lineup Saturday for maintenance. It was his first break since returning from the disabled list May 26.

"We have to be guarded with him," Gardenhire told MLB.com. "We've played a lot of baseball, and I don't want to beat him up too much. He's healthy. We want him to stay that way."

Willingham will be back in the lineup Sunday, hoping to break a 2-for-18 slump.