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16 Josh Willingham LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 2/17/1979 | Birthplace: Florence, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: North Alabama | MLB Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 31/16 | Average Draft Position: 246.77
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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.


Josh Willingham sliding at the plate along with teammates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) After hitting safely in 15 of 16 games, Twins left-fielder Josh Willingham has gone hitless in four of his last five.

The mini-slump has dropped his average from .311 to .270 and coincided with a team-wide offensive slide in which the Twins have scored four total runs in their last three games. Willingham is 1 for 15 during that stretch.


Josh Willingham homers, drives in three in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Josh Willingham continued his hot hitting Wednesday, as he drove in three runs in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Willingham got the game started off with a two-run home run in the first inning, his first in eight games. He added an RBI single in the ninth inning to cap off the game, finishing 2 for 5 with one run scored and three RBI.

Willingham has been productive when healthy this season, hitting .311/.459/.568 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 23 games. 


Hitters to start in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2014) If you need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 11 (June 9-15), A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Lind, Tommy La Stella , Lonnie Chisenhall, Alcides Escobar and Josh Willingham are just a few of the worthy candidates.

You can read about them in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Josh Willingham showing he has plenty left in the tank


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) When Josh Willingham hit just .208 with 14 home runs during an injury-plagued 2013, I, like many others, assumed he had reached the end of the road at age 34.

But here he is, one year and a broken wrist later, mashing like it's 1999.

OK, so he was still playing at the University of North Alabama in 1999. He's not quite that old. But you get the idea. His combination of power and patience has made him a relevant contributor in the past, and given that part of his career came during the steroids era, when expectations for hitters were out of control, his numbers look even better in retrospect.

His best numbers came just two years ago in his first season with the Twins, when he hit 35 home runs. Of course, he had unprecedented health that year, but he was still as streaky as ever, hitting .311 (51 for 164) with 16 home runs in April and July and .237 with 19 home runs the other four months.

That's been his tendency throughout his career, which suggests he may have been just a victim of bad timing last year, missing out on any potential hot streaks because of all the injuries. Him being this hot coming off a fairly significant injury in its own right suggests big things are in store, particularly for the near-term.


Josh Willingham stays hot with fourth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 6-4 win over the Brewers Tuesday.

Willingham missed much of April and May on the disabled list, but he has come back as strong as ever, and Tuesday's homer was his fourth in the last six games. He has hit .304/.459/.587 with four home runs and 11 RBI in just 46 at-bats.


Josh Willingham comes through in clutch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham homered Sunday for the third time in four games as Minnesota rallied past the Yankees, 7-2. Willingham's solo blast tied the game in the ninth, sparking a six-run outburst.

Willingham, who missed time with a wrist injury, is hitting .275 with three homers and seven RBI in 40 at-bats.


Josh Willingham mashes first tater in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Four Twins managed multi-hit games Thursday against the visiting Rangers, but designated hitter Josh Willingham produced all but one of their runs.

Willingham singled in a run in the third inning and clobbered a 446-foot homer in the fifth that gave his team a 4-3 lead it couldn't hold. It was his first home run of the season.

It was also just his second hit and fourth game since returning from a wrist injury that sidelined him for six weeks.


Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia return to starting lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Twins outfielders Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia were both in Monday's lineup against the Rangers after returning from wrist injuries. Willingham was activated from the DL after Sunday's game, while Arcia was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Twins bring back Oswaldo Arcia, Josh Willingham Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) The Twins have recalled outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester and activated outfielder Josh Willingham from the disabled list following Sunday's series finale against the Giants in San Francisco, the Star Tribune reports.

Willingham batted .294 with one RBI in 17 at-bats before sustaining a wrist injury. Arcia received 18 at-bats in April and is hitting .312 with five homers and 18 RBI at Triple-A.

Josh Willingham expected to join Twins Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is expected to be activated from the disabled list after the team's series against the Giants that ends Sunday, MLB.com reports.

"Willingham is seeing the ball and his timing is looking really good," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Willingham has been out since the first week of the season after suffering a wrist injury. He should serve as the team's everday left fielder once activated.


Josh Willingham could return during next homestand


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham could return to the team for the next home series, according to MLB Network Radio. 

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Willingham's hand feels pretty good, and that the outfielder would likely join the team back home. The Twins next home game is May 26. Willingham has missed six weeks due to a wrist injury.


Josh Willingham won't be ready for San Diego series


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham played the field for the first time during his minor-league rehab assignment on Saturday. He played the field for five innings and finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored Saturday. He has just two hits in his first nine at-bats.

Willingham is not expected to be ready to join the Twins for their two-game series in San Diego that begins Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Josh Willingham held hitless in first rehab appearance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham served as a designated hitter in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Rochester on Friday. Willingham failed to make any impact at the dish, finishing 0 for 4 in his first game action sine suffering  small fracture in his wrist.

Josh Willingham ready to roll into rehab assignment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham took batting practice Thursday and is slated to begin his rehab stint at Triple-A Rochester immediately, per FoxSportsnorth.com.

A left wrist injury has kept Willingham out since April 6. He will seek upon his return to regain the magic of his first season with Minnesota in 2012. Willingham slugged 35 home runs with 110 RBI that year before collapsing in 2013.


Josh Willingham slated to begin rehab assignment Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester Friday if everything goes well with batting practice Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Willingham recently begun taking batting practice and hasn't encountered any issues. He's rehabbing after being placed on the disabled list with a small fracture in his wrist. Willingham remains without an exact timetable for his return to the Twins.


Josh Willingham nearing rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham will take batting practice Monday and again with the team on Tuesday, according to the Star Tribune. According to the report, Willingham could be nearing the start of a rehab assignment at some point this week.

Willingham has been sidelined since April 6 with a left wrist injury.

Josh Willingham set for BP on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is scheduled to take batting practice Saturday for the first time since being sidelined with a wrist injury.

His injury-ravaged team can use him. He has not played since April 6.


Josh Willingham's wrist not an issue hitting off tee


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham was able to hit a few balls off a tee Tuesday, as he continues to recover from a left wrist injury. He has suffered setbacks in his recovery in the past, so it will be important to see how he feels in the coming days, though MLB.com reports he had no problems as of Thursday.

Josh Willingham takes light swings Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham took light swings in the batting cage prior to Monday's game against the Indians, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Willingham has been sidelined since April 6 with a fractured left wrist. He hit .294/.435/.353 with three runs and one RBI in 17 at-bats before the injury

Josh Willingham still unable to swing Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham was unable to take swings Saturday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Willingham was expected to take swings during the weekend, but that will no longer be the case. He's dealing with a wrist injury. His fracture may take two more weeks to heal, but he can swing once his pain recedes.