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Ben Zobrist | Outfielder

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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

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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

A's manager Bob Melvin said that Ben Zobrist (knee) could be available to pinch-hit if he feels good after pre-game activities on Thursday.

Zobrist received a cortisone shot in his left knee on Monday. He's recovering from cartilage issues. He could make his way back into the lineup on Friday.
Apr 23 - 5:16 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) will do baseball activities Thursday.

Zobrist is ready to take batting practice, do work in the field and run the bases as he returns from cartilage issues in his left knee. If Thursday goes well, a return to the Athletics' lineup could feasibly come as early as Friday.
Apr 22 - 7:53 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

Zobrist received a cortisone shot in his left knee on Monday, and he was expected to miss a few games as he recovers from cartilage issues. An MRI taken of the knee showed no ligament damage, so the hope is that he'll be back in the lineup in a few more days. If not, he may need surgery on the knee to clean up some of the cartilage. Marcus Semien started at shortstop Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 6:21 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) will be sidelined for at least a couple more days after being given a cortisone shot on Monday.

Zobrist has dealt with some cartilage issues in his left knee for a while, and they flared up on him Sunday, forcing him from the game. The good news is that he had an MRI and it didn't reveal any ligament issues. The bad news is that it's possible he could require surgery if the cortisone shot doesn't help. It would just be of the cleanup variety, but an operation would obviously sideline Zobrist for at least a few weeks.
Apr 20 - 7:04 PM

Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

Zobrist had to depart Sunday's contest with soreness in his left knee. The A's are considering him day-to-day at the moment. Eric Sogard is at second base Monday in Zobrist's place.
Apr 20 - 5:46 PM

Ben Zobrist is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with soreness in his left knee.

Zobrist could get a day off to rest it on Monday, but shouldn't experience any type of extended absence from the Athletics lineup.
Apr 19 - 4:33 PM

Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

Zobrist didn't suffer any obvious injury but had to be removed while playing defense in the fifth inning. He's dealt with a heel issue recently, so that could be the culprit. Expect more information on his status soon.
Apr 19 - 3:57 PM

Ben Zobrist (heel) went 0-for-4 in his return to the Athletics lineup on Friday.

He sat out Wednesday's contest with a sore heel and got an extra day to rest with Thursday's off-day. Serving primarily as the third hitter in Bob Melvin's lineup, Zobrist is hitting .256/.302/.462 with a homer and six RBI through his first 10 games.
Apr 18 - 8:13 AM

Ben Zobrist is nursing a sore heel.

That's the primary reason for his absence Wednesday night against the Astros. Zobrist is expected to return to the lineup Friday after Thursday's off day.
Apr 15 - 6:17 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to simply be a day off. Eric Sogard is at second base in Zobrist's place.
Apr 15 - 3:24 PM

Ben Zobrist doubled and hit a two-run home run in five plate appearances Monday in an Opening Day win over the Rangers.

Zobrist took Yovani Gallardo deep in the first inning -- quite a way to make an entrance with a new team. Home runs have become increasingly rare for Zobrist as he combined to hit only 22 over the last two seasons after hitting 20 in each of the 2011 and '12 seasons. Though a power revival would be rare at 33 years old, the Athletics certainly wouldn't complain.
Apr 7 - 1:03 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Cody Ross
CF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Jesse Chavez
6Jarrod Parker
7A.J. Griffin
8Sean Nolin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Ryan Cook
7Evan Scribner
8Chris Bassitt
9Taylor Thompson