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Ben Zobrist | Second Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Ben Zobrist hit two-run homers from both the right side and the left side of the plate in Sunday's loss to the Reds.
He took lefty Tony Cingrani deep in the third inning and then hit one out against righty Nick Christiani in the seventh. Unfortunately for the Rays, Zobrist was all of the offense in this one, as Tampa was blown out 12-4. It's the first time in his career that he's homered from both sides of the dish in the same game. Willy Aybar (twice) and Geoff Blum are the other Rays players that have also accomplished the feat. Apr 13 - 5:05 PM

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Ben Zobrist hit his first homer to break up Jason Vargas's shutout bid in the ninth inning Monday.

Zobrist also singled earlier in the contest. The homer gave him just his second RBI, but he's scored six times in eight games.
Apr 7 - 11:16 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) returned to the lineup on Wednesday.

He'd been out since March 4 due to neck stiffness. The versatile 32-year-old struck out looking in the game's first at-bat against Blue Jays' prospect Marcus Stroman in Dunedin.
Mar 12 - 1:12 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) is expected to play on Wednesday.

Zobrist told the media that he will receive four at-bats at DH on Wednesday in Dunedin. The versatile 32-year-old didn't play over the weekend due to neck stiffness.
Mar 11 - 9:41 AM

Ben Zobrist (neck) will likely need to miss a few more days.

Zobrist didn't play over the weekend due to neck stiffness. It's not a major concern, but the Rays hope some rest will do the trick.
Mar 10 - 8:44 AM

Ben Zobrist was scratched from the Rays Grapefruit League lineup on Saturday due to stiffness in his neck.

Zobrist missed time earlier in camp due to stiffness in his back, but the two injuries do not appear to be related. He's likely to rest for a day or two before rejoining the lineup.
Mar 8 - 1:34 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 and homered as the Rays' leadoff hitter Wednesday against the Yankees.

It was Zobrist's second appearance of the spring after he missed time with a sore back. As usual, he figures to start at several positions and hit out of several spots in the lineup this year. However, most of his time early on will likely come at second base.
Mar 5 - 5:04 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) reported feeling "great" after making his Grapefruit League debut on Monday.

Zobrist will play in his second spring game on Wednesday and is on track to be fully healthy by the start of the 2014 regular season. He had been limited for a couple of weeks in Rays camp because of a tweaked back. The versatile 32-year-old is expected to start at second base this season for Tampa Bay.
Mar 3 - 3:06 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday.

There had been a report earlier in the day on Sunday that Zobrist wouldn't give it a go until Wednesday, but he's apparently feeling better and will suit up for three innings on Monday.
Mar 2 - 5:27 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) isn't expected to get in a Grapefruit League game until Wednesday.

The Rays had been hoping he could play Monday or Tuesday. Zobrist's back is feeling better, but the club has apparently decided to give him an extra day or two.
Mar 2 - 3:31 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday or Tuesday.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Saturday he received "glowing reports" on the progress Zobrist has made. The Rays have played things cautiously with the versatile 32-year-old in an effort to avoid further injury. He shouldn't have any difficulty getting himself ready for Opening Day.
Mar 1 - 12:31 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) will do infield drills, take batting practice and run the bases on Friday.

Zobrist will rest on Sunday before being re-evaluated, at which point he seems likely to be cleared for game action. The Rays have proceeded cautiously with his back issues, but it's never been considered a major problem.
Feb 28 - 10:26 AM

Ben Zobrist (back) took grounders and batting practice on Wednesday.

Good news after Zobrist's recent back issues. While he expects to miss the first couple of games of the Grapefruit League schedule, he should make his spring debut soon.
Feb 26 - 11:12 AM

Ben Zobrist (back) will field some ground balls and hit in the cage on Tuesday.

Zobrist hit in the cage and played catch Monday and continues to feel better. He tweaked his back last week while working out in the weight room, but he should be able to resume full baseball activities in the next couple of days.
Feb 25 - 8:46 AM

Ben Zobrist (back) reported feeling "good" on Monday after hitting in a cage and playing catch.

Zobrist is hoping to return to full baseball activities by Wednesday. He tweaked his back last week while working out in the weight room, but it sounds as though the injury was minor. Zobrist, 32, is expected to open the 2014 season as the Rays' starting second baseman.
Feb 24 - 11:52 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Jake Odorizzi
7Cesar Ramos
8Erik Bedard
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Grant Balfour
2Heath Bell
3Joel Peralta
4Jake McGee
5Brandon Gomes
6Josh Lueke
7Juan Carlos Oviedo
8Jeff Beliveau
9Brad Boxberger