Searching for answers, the Chicago Cubs better hope that they strike gold with at least a few of their likely September call-ups when rosters expand.
So what kind of impact can the Chicago Cubs expect when the rosters expand on Sunday? Well, unfortunately, based on how they’ve been rehabbing and playing lately, not a whole lot.
The headliner is, of course, the highly anticipated return of 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist. The 38-year-old veteran has been away from the team since May 6 due to personal reasons but has been working his way back through the Cubs minor league system.
However, his comeback has been a rough road to this point. Zobrist has played a total of 12 games during his four stops though the minors where he is hitting just .189 at the plate. To be fair, his on-base percentage is a more palatable .333.
I along with nearly every Cubs fan out there am rooting for a Zobrist return, but given his age after missing so much time this season, the early returns are quite worrisome. It doesn’t help that even before he took some time away from the game where he was hitting nearly a career-low .241 with just one extra-base hit.
If nothing else the Cubs surely miss his leadership and are dying to get his presence back in the clubhouse as soon as possible.