Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Thu 4/19/18 10:29 AM

Zobrist is not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Thursday.
EDGE Analysis
Zobrist was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to back tightness and will remain out of the starting nine following a day of rest due to Wednesday's postponement. The 36-year-old may be available off the bench, but manager Joe Maddon has not discussed his status since Tuesday, so consider him day-to-day for the time being.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Tue 4/17/18 7:21 PM

Zobrist was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
EDGE Analysis
With Zobrist out, Ian Happ will hit leadoff and start in center field while Jason Heyward moves to right. The Cubs didn't indicate that Zobrist is dealing with a serious injury, so consider him day-to-day for now.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Sat 4/14/18 11:14 PM

Zobrist went 3-for-3 with two walks, a triple, three runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's 14-10 win over the Braves.
EDGE Analysis
The performance boosted his slash line through 13 games to .326/.408/.465. Zobrist is coming off his worst season at the plate since 2010, but he's quickly putting it behind him, and his defensive versatility remains an asset -- he's already played four different positions this year (first base, second base and both outfield corners).

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Sun 4/8/18 5:50 PM

Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his first of the season, in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
EDGE Analysis
The veteran utility player is now slashing .360/.448/.520 though his first 25 at-bats of the season. Zobrist doesn't have a regular starting job these days, but he's making the case for more playing time. Expect manager Joe Maddon to continue deploying the 36-year-old at multiple positions to keep his bat in the lineup while it's hot.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Sat 4/7/18 12:57 PM

Zobrist is not in the lineup against the Brewers on Saturday.
EDGE Analysis
Zobrist will retreat to the bench after starting the first two games of this series. The utility man has played in six of the club's first eight games, earning four starts, and appears to be destined for a part-time role all over the field this season.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Wed 4/4/18 9:51 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Zobrist looks "pretty sharp" early in the season and he may turn to the veteran as his leadoff hitter more frequently, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Maddon added that Zobrist, who is 4-for-11 to begin the season, has the "hot hand" at the moment. The Cubs manager has never been afraid to move people around the lineup and try different combinations, so even though Ian Happ began the year as the leadoff hitter, it wouldn't be surprising to see Zobrist get more run there as long as he keeps hitting. The 36-year-old was slated to hit first Tuesday before the game was rained out. Happ, meanwhile, is just 2-for-16 with 10 strikeouts to begin the season. The likely scenario in the short term is that Maddon mixes and matches in the leadoff spot with a combination of Zobrist, Happ and possibly Albert Almora.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Tue 4/3/18 2:50 PM

Zobrist is leading off and playing left field Tuesday against the Reds.
EDGE Analysis
Zobrist has started twice for the Cubs so far this season, hitting seventh both times. He'll lead off Tuesday and could take advantage of the Reds' hitter-friendly home stadium. The veteran was the Cubs' second-most common leadoff man last year, starting 40 games at the top of the order. His skills declined significantly across the board, however, and his .318 on-base percentage last year leaves him an unlikely candidate to lead off frequently this season.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Fri 3/30/18 2:53 PM

Zobrist is batting seventh and playing right field Friday against the Marlins.
EDGE Analysis
The switch-hitting Zobrist is in the lineup in place of the left-handed Jason Heyward as the Cubs face southpaw Caleb Smith. Zobrist appeared everywhere but catcher and center field last year and is likely to be moved around quite a bit again this season. The veteran makes a natural platoon partner for Heyward in right, as he's hit .284 against lefties compared to .254 against righties over the course of his career.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Thu 3/29/18 10:30 AM

Zobrist isn't included in the starting lineup for Thursday's season opener against the Marlins, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Thanks to his ability to play three infield spots in addition to the corner outfield, Zobrist has multiple avenues to at-bats, but it looks unlikely that he'll be a full-time starter for the Cubs in 2018 when the team is at optimal health. Age began to catch up with the 36-year-old Zobrist last season, as he endured multiple injuries and struggled to a .232/.318/.375 batting line and 82 wRC+, representing his worst showing since 2007.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Mon 3/26/18 1:04 PM

Zobrist has worked at first base some this spring and is an option to back up Anthony Rizzo during the regular season, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
With the emergence of players like Javier Baez and Ian Happ, Zobrist is no longer an everyday player for the Cubs at second base or in a corner outfield spot. Adding first base to his repertoire should help him find a little more playing time, though Rizzo has only missed a total of 14 games the last three seasons, so Zobrist likely won't get a ton of run there. The 36-year-old figures to be a super utility player for the Cubs who likely won't play as much this year as he did the past few seasons.