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Ben Zobrist | Outfielder | #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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Cubs placed INF/OF Ben Zobriston the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 14, with back soreness.
The 36-year-old utilityman has been battling back soreness over the past week and they finally decided to put him on the DL and better utilize the roster spot. He should only require the minimum stint on the disabled list. Apr 21 - 9:06 AM

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Ben Zobrist (back) could be available off the bench Thursday against the Cardinals.

Zobrist has been struggling through a minor back injury, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday morning that the veteran utilityman is feeling much better. Zobrist, 36, holds an impressive .326/.408/.465 batting line with seven RBI through 49 plate appearances this season.
Apr 19 - 12:32 PM

Ben Zobrist was scratched from the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday due to back tightness.

Ian Happ is now in at leadoff and playing center field against the Cardinals and right-hander Adam Wainwright. Zobrist is considered day-to-day.
Apr 17 - 7:20 PM

Ben Zobrist went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's 14-10 come-from-behnd win over the Braves.

The Cubs trailed 10-5 entering the eighth inning but scored nine times in the frame to demoralize the Braves. Zobrist produced a run-scoring triple in the seventh inning, then walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the eighth. That was one of four bases-loaded walks for the Cubs in the contest. Zobrist is serving as a super-utility man again this year and has played in all but one of his team's games. He has a .326 batting average with one homer and seven RBI in 49 plate appearances.
Apr 14 - 6:58 PM

Ben Zobrist is hitting cleanup and playing left field on Wednesday against the Pirates.

Kyle Schwarber is getting the day off. The super-versatile Zobrist has seen time at first base with Anthony Rizzo (back) out of the lineup, but Victor Caratini will get the start at first against left-hander Steven Brault. Zobrist off to an excellent start on the year, hitting .300/.382/.413 over his first nine games.
Apr 11 - 4:02 PM

Ben Zobrist is starting at first base and batting third for the Cubs on Tuesday against the Pirates.

It sounds like Zobrist will be the primary fill-in at first base while Anthony Rizzo is on the disabled list with a back injury. The 36-year-old has posted a surprising .360/.448/.520 batting line over 29 plate appearances this season and may carry some temporary mixed-league fantasy value.
Apr 10 - 10:26 AM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Zobrist started in left field and batted third in the contest, and he rewarded manager Joe Maddon's confidence in him by ripping a center-cut fastball from Brewers starter Chase Anderson into the right field seats in the fourth inning. The homer was the first of the year for Zobrist. The 36-year-old Swiss Army knife has been one of the surprises of the young season, batting .360/.448/.520 while playing second base, left field and right field as needed.
Apr 8 - 6:04 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, a walk and a run scored in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Royals in Cactus League play Sunday.

Zobrist played first base and hit leadoff for the Cubs, a good illustration of the value he'll hold for the team this year -- he's versatile and can hit basically anywhere in the lineup without losing much. That versatility was previously what gave him fantasy value, but now it's a bit of a drawback -- he's so important to the real-life club in that role that he won't have a guaranteed spot in the lineup or on the diamond. He could still find some fantasy life if a regular gets injured, but his days of unquestioned relevancy are likely over.
Mar 25 - 6:35 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) will make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday.

The Cubs have been slow-playing it with Zobrist after he reported to camp with a back issue. Assuming the issue is behind him, he should be fine for the start of the season. The 36-year-old batted just .232/.318/.375 with 12 homers in 2017 and is expected to serve in a utility role this year.
Mar 6 - 9:39 AM

Ben Zobrist (back) expects to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday.

Zobrist has been slowed by a back injury early on in camp but has been working out and feels much better. He'll be fine.
Mar 4 - 10:17 AM

Ben Zobrist (back) could be ready to play in games in a week.

Zobrist has been slowed early on due to a back issue, but it's not expected to be a long-term situation. The veteran utility man dealt with a back issue early last season before turning in a disappointing season, so there's no sense in pushing it.
Feb 27 - 12:33 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) was on the field for drills Monday.

Zobrist was held out of early workouts due to a back issue, but it sounds like he's making progress. The 36-year-old batted just .232/.318/.375 with 12 homers in 2017 and is expected to function in a utility role this season.
Feb 26 - 12:21 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) said he's feeling better on Saturday and has been hitting in the cages.

The veteran utilityman said that his back tightened up just before he traveled to Arizona, but it isn't expected to be a hindrance going forward. Zobrist is expected to function in a super utility role, along with Ian Happ, for the Cubs in 2018 which means he may not be in the lineup on an everyday basis barring injury.
Feb 24 - 11:13 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
3David Bote
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Ian Happ
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Yu Darvish
3Jose Quintana
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tyler Chatwood
6Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Brian Duensing
7Mike Montgomery
8Eddie Butler
9Luke Farrell