Willingham poised for rebound season with Twins

MIKE BERARDINO Associated Press Published:

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Willingham insists he is willing and able to serve as designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins, if that's what he's asked to do.

But the veteran slugger much prefers playing left field rather to fidgeting on the bench in between at-bats. Especially now that his balky left knee has fully healed since arthroscopic surgery last summer.

Willingham says he feels more into the flow of the game in the field. The 35-year-old's career statistics support that claim.

His combined on-base-plus-slugging percentage last season was nearly 200 points higher at .773 in the 71 games he played in left field versus the 35 games he served as DH, when that number was .577.