They’re getting healthy!
Not only is Kris Bryant returning to the lineup today, but it sounds like Ben Zobrist will also be back in time for the game, albeit off the bench:
Ben Zobrist will be here and available to play today. Mark Zagunis to be sent to triple a
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) July 1, 2017
Ben Zobrist (wrist) will be activated today with Mark Zagunis being sent back down to Triple-A. The Cubs expect… https://t.co/g8FpVzrh10
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) July 1, 2017
Zobrist has been working his way back from a lingering wrist injury, through which he played for the first couple weeks of June, but which ultimately didn’t get any better. Hopefully a couple weeks off did the trick. He played in two rehab games at AA Tennessee without issue, so he must be feeling good.
Zagunis did about what was expected in his first big league call-up in something of an emergency role, which is to say he didn’t break out, but he got some experience. He figures to be a future big league outfielder in at least a reserve role, so getting him some experience now can only be a good thing. Even if Zobrist hadn’t returned today, Zagunis’s days were numbered, as Kyle Schwarber will eventually return, and Jason Heyward will eventually come off of the disabled list.
For now, Zagunis will head back to AAA Iowa, and hopefully keep ripping it like he had been before the call-up.