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Zobrist feeling better about left hip tightness

Veteran super-utility man may be available for finale with Royals
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KANSAS CITY -- Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist exited Tuesday night's 5-0 win against the Royals after five innings due to left hip tightness, but manager Joe Maddon said the veteran may be available for the series finale on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

"He felt something, I don't know exactly what it was," Maddon said. "He came up to me and said, 'I really can't run that well right now so be aware of that.' We took him out and [athletic trainer PJ Mainville] came up and told me he's feeling a lot better."

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KANSAS CITY -- Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist exited Tuesday night's 5-0 win against the Royals after five innings due to left hip tightness, but manager Joe Maddon said the veteran may be available for the series finale on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

"He felt something, I don't know exactly what it was," Maddon said. "He came up to me and said, 'I really can't run that well right now so be aware of that.' We took him out and [athletic trainer PJ Mainville] came up and told me he's feeling a lot better."

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On Monday, Zobrist went 2-for-5 and on Tuesday, he doubled in the first and hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

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Zobrist began the night ranked among the top five hitters in the National League and is batting .313. In 15 games since July 21, he's batting .468 with nine extra-base hits and six RBIs.

Maddon had planned on pulling Zobrist after one more at-bat on Tuesday. If he needs a day off on Wednesday, that's fine, the skipper said.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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