Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Fri 3/23/18 1:59 PM

Zobrist has just five hits in 26 Cactus League at-bats (.192 average) with a home run and four walks.
EDGE Analysis
Zobrist got a late start to camp due to a back issue and he's never really gotten the bat going. The 36-year-old figures to be a reserve player for the Cubs this year, though his noted defensive versatility should help him find playing time all over the field. Still, it would be wise to temper fantasy expectations due to Zobrist's age and lack of a regular starting position.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Tue 3/6/18 10:22 AM

Zobrist (back) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
EDGE Analysis
Zobrist has yet to debut this spring while battling a back issue. He'll be leading off and playing left field. He should have enough time to get up to speed by Opening Day, though his role is likely to be reduced due to the emergence of Ian Happ.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Sun 3/4/18 10:25 AM

Zobrist (back) expects to play in Tuesday's spring game, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Zobrist has dealt with a nagging back ailment since the beginning of spring, but he had been hoping to return to game action soon. This tentative plan is certainly a step in the right direction, and bodes well for his chances of being ready for Opening Day.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Tue 2/27/18 12:46 PM

Zobrist (back) may be able to appear in spring games beginning next week, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Cubs have been very cautious with the veteran utility man this spring, as he was delayed from day one of camp with this back issue. However, it seems like he's gotten enough workouts under his belt that the Cubs are comfortable enough to deploy him in game action soon. This is a tentative timetable, but Zobrist should be fine for the regular season regardless of how soon he gets back to Cactus League action.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Sat 2/24/18 11:55 AM

Zobrist (back) was able to take batting practice Saturday and said he's not dealing with any pain in his back, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
EDGE Analysis
Zobrist noted his back was still a little stiff, though the veteran utility man doesn't appear too worried about the issue. It's still unclear when he'll be able to make his 2018 Cactus League debut, but the Cubs will likely continue to exercise caution with the 36-year-old early on in camp.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Fri 2/23/18 1:08 PM

Zobrist (back) was able to take the field for the first time this spring, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
There hasn't been any word as to what Zobrist was able to do, but it's a good sign that the 36-year-old was out there in some capacity. He has been fighting a back injury since the beginning of spring camp and won't play during the club's Cactus League opener against Milwaukee on Friday.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Thu 2/22/18 12:36 PM

Zobrist, who has been battling a back injury to begin spring training, could see a reduced role this season at the expense of Ian Happ, the Chicago Tribune reports.
EDGE Analysis
Considering that he'll turn 37 in May, the grind of near-everyday plate appearances is something that Zobrist isn't ideally suited for. With Ian Happ capable of handling the same defensive responsibilities, the Cubs will almost certainly drop Zobrist's workload from the 496 plate appearances he collected last season. The reduced playing time will undoubtedly hurt Zobrist's counting stats, but it could make him more effective on a per-game basis if he's able to stay healthy throughout the year.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Wed 2/21/18 3:44 PM

Zobrist did not participate in Wednesday's workout due to a back issue, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
EDGE Analysis
Manager Joe Maddon reiterated that there isn't major concern for Zobrist moving forward, saying, "We're just slow-playing it. He's fine." It's obviously a good sign that Zobrist didn't suffer any sort of setback but it seems clear that the Cubs will take it easy with the veteran throughout the early portion of spring camp.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Mon 2/19/18 3:57 PM

Zobrist did not participate in Monday's workout due to a back issue, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
EDGE Analysis
Although back issues can sometimes be an ominous issue, the Cubs are insistent that this was purely a precautionary measure. No word has come forth as to how the injury cropped up, but more information should come forth as spring training rolls along. Regardless, it seems like this isn't an issue that should inhibit Zobrist very much during Cactus League play.

Ben Zobrist
2B/RF FA
Wed 10/18/17 4:13 PM

Zobrist is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
After Tuesday's 0-for-4 effort, Zobrist will return to the bench Wednesday night. Javier Baez is back in the lineup and starting at second base with Zobrist out.