Ben Zobrist 2B/SS.. TB 5 Days
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.
Ben Zobrist 2B/SS.. TB 10 Days
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.
Ben Zobrist 2B/SS.. TB 11 Days
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.
Ben Zobrist 2B/SS.. TB 12 Days
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.
Ben Zobrist 2B/SS.. TB 14 Days
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.