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Ben Zobrist | Second Baseman | #18

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Dallas Baptist
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 6 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Ben Zobrist (neck) is back in the Cubs' lineup on Wednesday night against the Reds.
Zobrist was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday due to a stiff neck, but he came off the bench and drove in the Cubs' only run with a pinch-hit RBI single. He will start at second base and bat leadoff Wednesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey. Aug 16 - 3:56 PM

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Ben Zobrist (neck) drove in the Cubs' lone run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds with a pinch-hit single.

Zobrist was held out of the lineup again with a stiff neck, but he contributed off the bench with a screamer in front of right fielder Jesse Winker to plate Kyle Schwarber with one out in the ninth inning. Unfortunately for the Cubs, they stranded the tying and go-head runs on base. Zobrist would seem to have a good chance to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
Aug 15 - 11:23 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) remains out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.

Zobrist was a late scratch Monday with stiffness in his neck and he remains day-to-day. Tommy La Stella is starting at second base and hitting second Tuesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo.
Aug 15 - 4:11 PM

Ben Zobrist was scratched from Monday's lineup with a stiff neck.

He's expected to be available off the bench. Tommy La Stella replaced Zobrist in the Cubs' lineup.
Aug 14 - 7:18 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

Zobrist and Albert Almora Jr. were the only Cubs batters to finish with multiple hits. For his part, the versatile Zobrist has largely struggled this season. He owns a diminished .225/.316/.363 triple-slash in 83 games, a far cry from the .272/.386/.446 batting line he posted during the 2016 campaign.
Aug 9 - 7:16 PM

Ben Zobrist went 0-for-4 with a walk against the Giants on Monday.

Zobrist hasn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI since July 26. The Cubs' preference would be for him to get hot and remain a regular, but since he's been treading water for months now, they did hold him out of the lineup twice in a four-game span from Thursday-Sunday. He's not going to get benched while Addison Russell is on the DL, but if he's still slumping when that happens, it will be interesting to see if his role changes.
Aug 8 - 1:16 AM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

It's a simple day off. Javy Baez will handle second base.
Jul 23 - 3:40 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 including a home run and a double as the Cubs topped the Orioles on Friday night in Baltimore.

Zobrist crushed a two-run homer off of Kevin Gausman in the second inning that increased the Cubs' early lead to 6-0. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, reaching base safely three times while scoring twice. Even with the strong night though, Zobrist is hitting a disappointing .220/.313/.388 with eight homers and 25 RBI on the year.
Jul 14 - 11:40 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

Zobrist had another hitless day Saturday and is now batting a disappointing .214/.307/.367 on the season. The Cubs have Ian Happ at second base and Jon Jay in center field.
Jul 9 - 10:22 AM

Ben Zobrist went 1-for-5 with two RBI in the Cubs' loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Zobrist drove in Kris Bryant on an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning and he plated Jon Jay on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the ninth. The veteran utilityman is batting .217/.314/.379 with 23 RBI in 57 games this season for the Cubs.
Jul 4 - 6:10 PM

Ben Zobrist is starting in right field and batting cleanup for the Cubs on Sunday in Cincinnati.

Zobrist was activated from the disabled list Saturday but didn't start. Javier Baez is at second base.
Jul 2 - 10:04 AM

Cubs activated INF/OF Ben Zobrist from the 10-day disabled list.

Zobrist had been sidelined since June 13 due to left wrist inflammation. He isn't in the starting lineup on Saturday but is available off of the bench.
Jul 1 - 1:33 PM

Ben Zobrist (wrist) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Thursday.

Zobrist has been out of action with left wrist inflammation since June 13. Now that he is ready for a rehab assignment, it might not be long before he is able to return to the team. That could potentially come at some point next week.
Jun 28 - 10:17 PM

Ben Zobrist (wrist) went through a workout Monday.

It's unclear what all he did during the workout, as Zobrist still had some tenderness in his left wrist the last time he tried to swing a bat. Progress does appear to be coming, but there's no timetable for his return.
Jun 26 - 5:41 PM

Ben Zobrist (wrist) ran the bases on Wednesday.

According to Patrick Pinak of, Zobrist has "attempted" to hit but still doesn't feel comfortable. "We're not quite there yet," said manager Joe Maddon. "He's tested it regularly. He's still not satisfied." Zobrist landed on the DL with wrist inflammation earlier this month. There's no timetable for his return.
Jun 22 - 9:43 PM

Depth Charts

C1Willson Contreras
2Alex Avila
3Rene Rivera
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Ian Happ
CF1Albert Almora
2Jon Jay
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Jake Arrieta
4Kyle Hendricks
5John Lackey
6Mike Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Justin Wilson
4Pedro Strop
5Hector Rondon
6Koji Uehara
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Felix Pena