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Zobrist has clean MRI, eyes return on Friday

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CHICAGO -- Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist underwent an MRI on his left wrist on Monday, and it showed no structural damage. Zobrist is hoping to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday.

"I'm eligible on Friday so I'll probably see how it feels on Wednesday," Zobrist said. "I've been not swinging at all the last few days and trying to let it heal. On Wednesday, I'll test it out and go from there to see if I'll be ready on Friday or push it back a few days."

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CHICAGO -- Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist underwent an MRI on his left wrist on Monday, and it showed no structural damage. Zobrist is hoping to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday.

"I'm eligible on Friday so I'll probably see how it feels on Wednesday," Zobrist said. "I've been not swinging at all the last few days and trying to let it heal. On Wednesday, I'll test it out and go from there to see if I'll be ready on Friday or push it back a few days."

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Zobrist was to undergo an MRI in Pittsburgh, but there was a minor glitch.

"It was a very small tube that I couldn't fit in, that was the problem," he said.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he'll listen to Zobrist as to whether he wants a few at-bats in a Minor League game before he's activated.

"It's all what he needs," Maddon said. "The mind of Zo, you just listen to it. He's going to be very direct. He has no other method -- it's going to be unfiltered. It's the most unfiltered mind in history. Listen to him and he'll tell you exactly what he needs."

Zobrist said he doesn't want to push his wrist, so he hasn't been swinging at all.

Worth noting
Jason Heyward (left hand abrasion) and Addison Russell (right ankle) were out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday, but Maddon said neither injury is serious.

"Truthfully, if we were playing in the playoffs, I'm pretty certain they both would be playing tonight," Maddon said. "I'm trying to keep with the mantra of giving them rest. I anticipate, but I'm not 100 percent sure, they'll both be ready tomorrow. I anticipate they will be."

Russell turned his ankle on Saturday in Pittsburgh when he decelerated after rounding second base in the second inning, but he stayed in the game. His ankle became a little tight at the end, and he did not play on Sunday.

"I'm doing everything today and it feels good so hopefully I'll be back in the lineup [Tuesday]," Russell said.

Video: CHC@PIT: Heyward exits in the 5th with an injury

Heyward scraped his left hand sliding on the warning track trying to catch a foul ball and came out of the game after four innings because he was having trouble gripping the bat.

• The Cubs' series against the Padres are the only games at home during a 20-game stretch. Maddon is calling this the "20-game road trip" and wore gray shoes on Monday, not white ones.

"Symbolically, I'm going to leave [the gray ones] on," he said.

Kris Bryant said it was weird to be in Chicago for only three days.

"I don't know if many guys have, but I didn't unpack my bag," Bryant said, laughing. "I figure I'll just wear the same clothes I wore on the last road trip."

"I have a feeling that a veteran baseball player made that schedule this year," first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "[It's someone] who really knows the ins and out of the game, probably sat down and looked at it and said this was a good idea. I'm completely joking about that. It is what it is. Teams go through stretches of weird scheduling and this is no different."

Clayton Richard and Trevor Cahill, who pitched for the Cubs last season, will receive their World Series rings at some point during the Padres series. Richard appeared in 25 games while Cahill was in 50 with the Cubs.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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