Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 5 Days

Blue Jays optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.

The 32-year-old appeared in just two games during his brief stint with the Blue Jays, going 2-for-9 (.222) with a double and two strikeouts. He'll continue to function as organizational depth.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 10 Days

Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

With Maicer Izturis hitting the disabled list on Sunday, Kawasaki will provide much needed depth in the middle infield. He can safely be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 2 Months

Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-2 with a walk and a steal as the Blue Jays beat the Pirates 4-2 on Friday.

Early indications were that the 32-year-old Kawasaki would return to Japan over the winter, but he's back with the Jays on a minor league deal and trying to put himself into the mix at second base. Ryan Goins and Maicer Izturis are ahead of him right now.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 4 Months

Blue Jays signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

There was a report in November that Kawasaki was expected to accept a $2 million contract to return to Japan, but the deal never came together. A fan and clubhouse favorite, the 32-year-old hit .229/.326/.308 with one home run, 24 RBI and seven stolen bases over 289 plate appearances this past season. He'll compete for a backup infielder job in the spring.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 6 Months

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that Munenori Kawasaki is expected to return to Japan on a $2 million contract.

It comes after the Blue Jays officially declined Kawasaki's $1 million option for 2014, though Griffin notes that they were aware of his intentions to return to his native country. Kawasaki has a career .218/.306/.276 batting line across 157 major league games.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 6 Months

Blue Jays declined INF Munenori Kawasaki's $1 million option for 2014.

He could still return on a minor league deal, though. Kawasaki has a career .218/.306/.276 batting line across 157 games, but he plays solid defense and is valued for his clubhouse presence.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 8 Months

Blue Jays activated INF Munenori Kawasaki from the paternity leave list.

Kawasaki left the team on Friday to be present for the birth of his first child. The 32-year-old is batting .205/.309/.286 over 223 plate appearances this this season.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 8 Months

Munenori Kawasaki will rejoin the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Kawasaki was placed on the paternity leave list Friday to be with his wife during the birth of their child.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 8 Months

Blue Jays placed INF Munenori Kawasaki on the paternity leave list.

He'll be away from the club for a few days while his wife gives birth. Kawasaki is batting .205/.309/.286 over 72 games with the Jays this season.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B/SS.. TOR 8 Months

Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Kawasaki is batting .213/.319/.298 in 70 games with the Blue Jays this season. The fan and clubhouse favorite will serve as bench depth.