Cubs put Zobrist on DL, call up prospect Bote
Club's No. 14 prospect makes debut in hometown ballpark
DENVER -- A stretch of rough weather contributed to Benjamin Zobrist going on the 10-day disabled list Saturday (retroactive to April 18), as he experienced continued tightness in his mid-to-lower back. Zobrist's hard luck spelled good fortune for Colorado native David Bote, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and hit a double in his first MLB at-bat in Saturday's 5-2 Cubs loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, a ballpark where Bote grew up watching baseball as a kid.
As for Zobrist, he's not far from returning.
"I can swing, I can run, but it's just a little uncomfortable to do both of those things at 100 percent," Zobrist said. "I told them I'm at 90 percent, but it's not getting better as fast as I want it to."
The wintry weather has been less than ideal for getting over a back injury, but Zobrist is hopeful he can rejoin the club during the Milwaukee series next weekend in Chicago.
"Who knows, it could still be freezing cold when I come back next weekend," Zobrist said. "It's not September, we're not trying to push for something right now. We just need to stay healthy as a group, and I didn't think it was worth risking a longer time away."
Zobrist is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with a home run and seven RBIs in 13 games. He has made starts at first base (3), second base (2), left field (2) and right field (3).
The move with Zobrist paved the way for Bote to earn his first Major League callup in the midst of his seventh year of professional baseball. After playing various levels of Class A ball for parts of five seasons, Bote, the Cubs' No. 14 prospect, spent all of 2017 at Double-A Tennessee, where he hit .272 with 30 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 59 RBIs.