Rays to get Ben Zobrist back Friday
Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist will return from a DL stint -- due to a dislocated thumb -- Friday.
The Rays are off Thursday, but have already optioned infielder Cole Figueroa to Triple-A Durham because second baseman Ben Zobrist is set to return to the active big-league roster Friday (via MLB.com), when the Rays begin a three-game series in Boston.
Zobrist, 33, is hitting .260/.352/.364 (105 OPS+) with seven doubles, three homers, nine RBI and 24 runs in 40 games this season. He's been out since May 14 after suffering a left thumb dislocation.
It'll be interesting to see where manager Joe Maddon employs Zobrist in the batting order. He's hit leadoff 19 times this season, batted second 10 times and third nine times. The Rays have settled in with David DeJesus at the top and Evan Longoria in the two-hole of late.
The Rays enter Thursday nine games back in the AL East with a record of 23-31.
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