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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
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Ben Zobrist (back) was held out of workouts again on Wednesday in Cubs camp.
Zobrist has now missed three straight days because of a back issue, though Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team is just being careful here in late February. Zobrist, 36, figures to make his Cactus League debut sometime in early March. He projects to enter the 2018 regular season as a part-time second baseman and utilityman for the reigning National League Central champs. Feb 22 - 9:49 AM
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Ben Zobrist was held out of Monday's workouts as a precautionary measure due to a back issue.

It's not a long-term concern. Zobrist split his time between second base and the corner outfield spots last season while posting a disappointing .232/.318/.375 batting line with 12 homers. The 36-year-old figures to serve in a similar role this year. He still has two years and $28 million remaining on his contract.
Feb 19 - 3:50 PM

Ben Zobrist is starting in right field and batting eighth in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night against the Dodgers.

Jason Heyward and Jon Jay are on the bench with Los Angeles throwing left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Here is the full lineup for the Cubs, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series: Albert Almora CF, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Javier Baez 2B, Ben Zobrist RF, Jose Quintana SP.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 03:18:00 PM

Ben Zobrist is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Jayson Heyward is also out of the lineup for the Cubs against southpaw Alex Wood for the Dodgers. The Cubs will go with Albert Almora CF, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Javy Baez 2B, Jon Jay RF, and Jake Arrieta on the mound.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 04:18:00 PM

Ben Zobrist is batting leadoff for the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

It's a somewhat new-look lineup for the Cubs, who are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series and facing right-hander Yu Darvish on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field: Ben Zobrist 2B, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Jon Jay CF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Kyle Hendricks SP.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a homer in the Cubs' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Zobrist singled in the top of the second inning and launched a two-run homer off Brewers starter Chase Anderson in the top of the seventh as Chicago went on to blank Milwaukee 5-0. Zobrist is slashing .235/.323/.379 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in his age-36 season.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:21:00 PM

Ben Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a two-run single and a walk in Friday’s win over the Brewers.

His fifth-inning single gave the Cubs a brief lead. The Brewers batted back in the bottom of the frame and the game remained tied until the Cubs pulled away in the 10th. Zobrist came into Friday’s game with just one hit in his last 20 at-bats. After posting an .831 OPS during his first season with Chicago, he’s at .694 this year.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 12:54:00 AM

Ben Zobrist made his fifth appearance of the year at shortstop Monday against the Pirates.

It's kind of late for that extra position eligibility to help much. Zobrist is hitting better of late, though, going 19-for-63 (.302) with two homers in his last 20 games (14 starts). He was 2-for-4 with a double today.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 07:26:00 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

Ian Happ will start at second base and bat fifth versus Pittsburgh right-hander Ivan Nova. This appears to be a routine breather for Zobrist, who hit a solo home run and a single on Tuesday night.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 03:24:00 PM

Ben Zobrist singled and launched a solo home run Tuesday against the Pirates.

Zobrist's shot off of Chad Kuhl to lead off the sixth inning got the scoring and sparked a three-run frame for the Northsiders. It's his second longball in his last four games, as Zobrist is finally starting to perk up a bit at the plate lately.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 11:36:00 PM

Ben Zobrist is starting at second base and batting third Wednesday night against the Reds.

Zobrist had to be scratched from the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday after struggling to secure a rental car to drive from Nashville to Cincinnati, but he showed up just before first pitch and drove in three runs off the bench in a 13-9 victory for Chicago.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 03:38:00 PM

Ben Zobrist has been scratched from the Cubs' starting lineup Tuesday.

Zobrist had trouble securing a rental car to drive from Nashville to Cincinnati, where the Cubs open a series against the Reds on Tuesday night. Ian Happ is now starting at second base and batting fifth versus right-hander Homer Bailey. Zobrist should be available off the bench once he arrives.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 05:47:00 PM

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.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 03:56:00 PM

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.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 11:23:00 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.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 04:11:00 PM