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Dislocated thumb lands Rays' Ben Zobrist on DL

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Rays will be without second baseman Ben Zobrist for a while. (USATSI)
The Rays will be without second baseman Ben Zobrist for a while. (USATSI)

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On Wednesday, Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist dislocated his left thumb in the course of sliding head-first into second base. On Thursday, the Rays placed Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list. As Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets, Zobrist may need longer than the mininum 15 days to fully heal.

This season, the 32-year-old Zobrist is batting .260/.352/.364 in 180 plate appearances. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 116 across parts of nine major-league seasons. Over the course of that career, Zobrist has logged significant time at every position but catcher. He's eligible for free agency next offseason.

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