Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

After he was dropped from the lineup the previous two games, Willingham returned to starting role Tuesday but failed to capitalize on it, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He's slashing a respectable .282/.364/.538 over 13 games with the Royals, but manager Ned Yost still seems hesitant to turn DH duties over to him on a permanent basis. He'll continue to work in a timeshare with Raul Ibanez, who will enter the lineup Wednesday.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham is out of the lineup for a second straight game Monday against the Yankees, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Willingham is 1-for-6 with three strikeouts in his career against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, but wouldn't seem significant enough to justify his absence from the lineup. The Royals haven't passed along any word that Willingham is dealing with an injury, so it seems manager Ned Yost simply preferred to roll with Raul Ibanez at DH for the second straight game for reasons unbeknownst to the rest of us.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

Willingham will sit following his first no-hit start since Aug. 14. Raul Ibanez gets the start as the designated hitter and will bat sixth for the Royals on Sunday.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham is out of the lineup Tuesday at Colorado, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.

Since landing on the Royals last week, Willingham has manned DH, hitting .333/.385/.583 with one homer, five RBI, four runs, and one stolen base in 24 at-bats. However, with nine strikeouts during that stretch, his free-swinging ways haven't been quelled. In any case, the Royals are in a National League park Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning he may contained to pinch appearances until this weekend in Texas.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in a victory over the Twins on Sunday.

Willingham, slotting in the sixth spot in the order again, had a productive series against his old team, going 3-for-9 with the homer, two doubles and five RBI. He's now slashing .214/.344/.416 this season.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham is out of the lineup Saturday at Minnesota, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Willingham is sitting for the first time since joining the Royals, handing over DH to Raul Ibanez. In his last six appearances, Willingham has tallied a hit on five occasions, batting .217 (5-for-23) with one homer, five RBI, two runs, and one stolen base.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham went 1-for-4 with three RBI against the Twins on Friday.

It was Willingham's first respectable game since joining the Royals in a trade earlier in the week. It took hitting off his old team to make it a contributing night, but Willingham's bases-clearing double in the fourth inning put the Twins away early. Willingham (.210/.349/.399) won't get full-time at-bats moving forward so he's not to be trusted fully in an everyday lineup.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Manager Ned Yost said that Willingham will serve as the Royals' primary DH until Eric Hosmer (hand) returns to the lineup, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star reports.

Monday's acquisition of Willingham doesn't address the huge defensive dropoff with Billy Butler at first base instead of Eric Hosmer, but it does at least scrub Raul Ibanez and his sickly .164/.252/.292 season line from the Royals lineup. Willingham made his team debut Tuesday against the Athletics, slotting sixth in the order and collecting a double in his four at-bats.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham was traded to the Royals on Monday for minor-league pitcher Jason Adam.

The Royals acquire a right-handed power bat to face lefties off the bench in September, and most likely DH as long as Eric Hosmer remains out with a hand injury. Hosmer is expected to miss at least two more weeks, which means Billy Butler and Josh Willingham will each play over that stretch, rightly forcing Raul Ibanez out of the lineup. It's been a rough season for Willingham from a batting average standpoint (.210), but he's getting on base at a .345 clip and has 12 home runs in 68 games with Minnesota, so it's a nice pickup for the Royals. Willingham is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

Josh Willingham LF/DH KC 4 Months

Willingham is not in Friday's lineup, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

New addition Jordan Schafer will get the start in left field, as the Twins may try to see what they have with the young outfielders rostered around Willingham. This is his second day off in the last three games.