Zobrist hasn't officially announced his retirement but has no plans to play this season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
If this is indeed the end for the 38-year-old, Zobrist will call it quits after a 14-year career in which he won two World Series rings. He grabbed his first with the Royals in 2015 and helped the Cubs break their drought the following season, winning the World Series MVP in the latter year. Zobrist's career line includes 167 homers, 116 steals, 1,566 hits and a .266/.357/.426 slash line.
Zobrist has yet to decide whether he'll attempt to continue his playing career in 2020 or retire from baseball, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
If Zobrist chooses to keep playing, he'll likely be forced to settle for a minor-league deal or a modest one-year contract coming off a down season in which he slashed .260/.358/.313 across 176 plate appearances while missing multiple months due to a personal matter. In addition to his dwindling production at the plate, Zobrist no longer possesses as much positional versatility as he did during his peak years with the Rays and Cubs. He logged more than two innings in the field at three different spots last season (second base, left field and right field).
Zobrist is not starting Saturday in St. Louis.
The Cubs will use a heavily rotated lineup with nothing left to play for this season. Nico Hoerner slides to second base Saturday, with Addison Russell starting at shortstop.
Zobrist is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.
Robel Garcia is starling at second base in place of Zobrist, who is slashing .295/.377/.410 with one home run in 19 games since returning at the beginning of September.
Zobrist is starting at second base and batting fifth in Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
Zobrist did not start Friday, but manager Joe Maddon is mixing things up as he tries to push the right buttons with the Cubs currently two games back of a playoff spot. The 38-year-old Zobrist, who is slashing .271/.364/.326 this season, has never faced St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson.
Zobrist is not in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.
Zobrist sits after starting six straight games, a stretch in which he hit .400/.478/.650. David Bote gets the nod at second base Friday.
Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in Monday's 8-2 win over the Reds.
Zobrist delivered from the leadoff spot in this one, pushing his season slash line to .282/.372/.333. The Cubs have used a number of players atop their order this year, including slugger Anthony Rizzo, who is currently sidelined with a sprained ankle. With Rizzo out, it wouldn't be surprising to see Chicago manager Joe Maddon give the veteran Zobrist more run as the leadoff hitter to finish out the regular season.
Zobrist went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 14-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Serving as the second baseman, Zobrist lifted a third-inning home run off James Marvel to make the score 5-0. The 38-year-returned Sept. 3 after taking time away from baseball to deal with a personal matter. Zobrist is slashing .266/.364/.312 in 109 at-bats this season.
Zobrist is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.
Zobrist returned from his knee injury as a pinch hitter Thursday but was never expected to be in Friday's lineup with southpaw Steven Brault taking the mound for Pittsburgh. David Bote will start at the keystone and bat seventh in his absence.
Zobrist (knee) appeared as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Padres, going 0-for-1 with an RBI.
Zobrist was held out Wednesday with a bruised knee and did not start Thursday, but it was good to see him get into the game, as his injury isn't apparently serious. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Zobrist is expected to sit again Friday with a left-hander (Steven Brault) starting for Pittsburgh, though at least the veteran looks ready to go when called upon.
Zobrist (knee) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.
He was held out Wednesday with a bruised knee and may still be banged up. Ian Happ will start at second base and hit seventh. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Zobrist is expected to sit again Friday with a left-hander (Steven Brault) starting for Pittsburgh.
Zobrist may be available to pinch hit Wednesday despite a bruised knee, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Zobrist suffered the injury during Tuesday's contest but it doesn't appear to be a serious issue if he's potentially available off the bench. The veteran infielder may return to the lineup as early as Thursday. Tony Kemp is starting a the keystone Wednesday.
Zobrist is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.
He is 7-for-23 (.304) with zero home runs in seven games since rejoining the Cubs. Tony Kemp will start at the keystone while leading off.
Zobrist went 3-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored in Thursday's 10-5 win over the Brewers.
Zobrist had been out since early May due to a personal matter, but he's now 4-for-6 with five runs scored in his first two games back with the team. It's unclear exactly how much the veteran will play the rest of the way, though he clearly has the trust of manager Joe Maddon and offers valuable defensive versatility.
Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in a win against Seattle on Tuesday.
Zobrist worked a walk and came around to score in the third inning and crossed home plate again after reaching on a bunt single in the fifth. The 38-year-old was making his first appearance since early May after he decided to take time away from baseball to deal with a personal matter. He is hitting .244 in 86 at-bats this season.
Zobrist is starting at second base and batting leadoff Tuesday against the Mariners.
Zobrist was officially activated from the restricted list Saturday, though he's yet to see an at-bat. That will change Tuesday, as he'll slot into the leadoff role for Chicago's lone game against Seattle. Prior to landing on the restricted list in May, Zobrist was hitting .241 with 10 RBI over 26 contests.
Zobrist (personal) was activated off the restricted list following Saturday's game against the Brewers, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Zobrist hasn't seen major-league action since early May due to personal reasons, but he'll return to the Cubs for the final month of the regular season. He needed to be on the 40-man roster prior to Sunday in order to be eligible for the playoffs. The 38-year-old may not immediately slot into the starting lineup with southpaw Gio Gonzalez starting Sunday for the Brewers, but according to Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com, manager Joe Maddon said he wouldn't hesitate to use the veteran utility man in the leadoff spot despite his extended absence.
Zobrist (personal) will be activated Sunday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Zobrist has been away from the team for personal reasons since early May. He's been working his way through rehab games, hitting .189/.333/.405 in 12 contests. He'll rejoin the team when rosters expand Sunday, though the Cubs will face lefty Gio Gonzalez that day, so Zobrist may not enter the lineup until Monday. He could feature in a leadoff role once activated.
Zobrist (personal) is taking live batting practice in Nashville this week and remains on track to be activated Sept. 1, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Zobrist requested to see more live pitching prior to his return, so the Cubs have sent pitchers to Nashville this week. Expect the veteran utility man to return to the big leagues when rosters expand.
Zobrist (personal) is on track to rejoin the Cubs at the beginning of September, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Zobrist has appeared in nine minor-league games since the start of August, slashing .222/.344/.481 with two home runs and a 5:6 BB:K. He figures to fill a utility role once he's back with the big club.
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