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Ben Zobrist | Outfielder

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Ben Zobrist is batting third in his return to the A's starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Zobrist was activated from the disabled list Monday, but the A's wanted to give him a day to reacclimate before throwing him back into the fire. The versatile 33-year-old missed four weeks following knee surgery. May 26 - 5:56 PM

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Athletics activated UTIL Ben Zobrist from the 15-day disabled list.

Zobrist wound up missing just under four weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery. It was initially expected that he would be out until the middle of June. The versatile 33-year-old had batted .240/.304/.400 with one home run, five doubles, eight RBI, and eight runs scored through his first 14 games this season.
May 25 - 1:02 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the Athletics on Monday.

He has been sidelined since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on April 28, and has made very quick work of his recovery which was initially expected to extend into mid-June. Before hitting the disabled list, Zobrist was hitting .240/.304/.400 with a homer and eight RBI in his first 14 games with the A's.
May 23 - 2:37 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) ran the bases without any issues on Sunday.

He's slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Tuesday where he'll play five innings. He'll need several games on his rehab assignment before he's ready to rejoin the A's lineup on or around May 25.
May 17 - 8:00 PM

The Athletics are looking at May 25 as a target return date for Ben Zobrist (knee).

Zobrist has been taking batting practice for nearly a week and will run the bases the next two days before being cleared to begin a rehab assignment. He'll play both the infield and outfield during his rehab assignment before rejoining the A's in just over a week.
May 17 - 9:43 AM

Ben Zobrist (knee) is on track to begin a rehab assignment next week.

Zobrist resumed taking batting practice on Tuesday as he works his way back from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. It sounds like he could make it back by late May, which would be a little sooner than initially anticipated.
May 13 - 2:17 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

He had originally been slated to take live BP on Monday, but it's been pushed back a day. Barring any setbacks, Zobrist is looking at a return to the Athletics' lineup in early- to mid-June.
May 11 - 7:42 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) will begin taking live batting practice on Monday.

Zobrist began hitting off of a tee on Thursday and is progressing nicely in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Barring any setbacks, he's looking at a return to the Athletics lineup in early June.
May 8 - 9:01 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) hit off a tee on Thursday.

He's in line to take batting practice during the Athletics' May 11-17 homestand. Zobrist is expected back in early- to mid-June following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
May 8 - 9:47 AM

Ben Zobrist (knee) has begun playing catch.

Zobrist is already itching to get back, though he's not expected to be fully ready until sometime in early-to-mid June. He rode a stationary bike for 20 minutes the day after his April 28 arthroscopic knee surgery.
May 4 - 1:01 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) rode a bike for 20 minutes Wednesday after Tuesday knee surgery.

Zobrist was already walking around and able to do a bit just one day after surgery, but he's still expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Zobrist has expressed hope he can be back before the end of May.
Apr 29 - 8:20 PM

Ben Zobrist is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The typical time frame for recovery is 4-to-6 weeks. The Athletics have enough moving parts and versatility to overcome his absence in the short term. Eric Sogard should see most of the work at second base while Zobrist is on the shelf.
Apr 25 - 1:56 PM

Athletics placed INF/OF Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

Zobrist had been attempting to play through the injury, but the A's have opted to play it safe and avoid the risk of further injury. There's a chance that he could require arthroscopic knee surgery.
Apr 25 - 12:17 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

It's his first start since he hurt his left knee during Sunday's game. Zobrist is being used in the designated hitter spot Friday but should be ready to play the field soon.
Apr 24 - 5:14 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) indicated after Thursday's game that he's feeling better every day, but he still needs to run the bases pregame and show he can do various other activities before returning to the starting lineup.

Zobrist appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Thursday's contest and said that his knee still felt "weird" as he trotted down to first base. While it's encouraging that he's improving by the day, a full return still looks to be a couple of days away.
Apr 23 - 9:56 PM

Depth Charts

C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
3Max Muncy
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
CF1Sam Fuld
2Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Jesse Chavez
6Kendall Graveman
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Edward Mujica
8Fernando Rodriguez
9Arnold Leon
10Taylor Thompson