Ben Zobrist made time for the fans at Wrigley Field after making his long-awaited return to the Chicago Cubs. (Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
Ben Zobrist made time for the fans at Wrigley Field after making his long-awaited return to the Chicago Cubs. (Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

Cubs News: Ben Zobrist signs autographs, takes batting practice at Wrigley Field


by - Senior Writer -

CHICAGO — Fan favorite Ben Zobrist returned to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday after a leave of absence that spanned nearly four months. Zobrist was activated off the restricted list and added to the active roster prior to Sunday's contest at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers.

While Zobrist was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, he is eligible to come off the bench and take part in the matchup. Cubs manager Joe Maddon told the press that Zobrist will also not start in Monday's game and will instead be eased back into the rotation after not suiting up for the North Siders since May 7.

Zobrist was present at the Friendly Confines before Sunday's game, though, as he posed for pictures and signed autographs for a sizable group of adoring fans and also took part in his first batting practice with the Cubs since he began his leave of absence. The veteran utility man recently completed a month-long rehab stint in the minor leagues.

Cameras also captured Zobrist fielding ground balls and getting in some swings on Saturday evening in anticipation of his Cubs return. After dealing with an emotional personal matter pertaining to his marriage, Zobrist is assuredly happy to be back playing the game that he loves, and Cubs fans are definitely happy about it, too.

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