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Mending Zobrist returns to field for limited workout

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Ben Zobrist didn't go through a full workout Tuesday, but he did manage to get back on the field with his Rays teammates.

Zobrist, limited since he reported to Spring Training by a sore lower back he incurred while lifting weights, fielded ground balls with third-base coach Tom Foley, hit soft tosses in the batting cage and performed calisthenics and threw with the rest of the team at the start of Tuesday morning's workout at Charlotte Sports Park.

"From what I understand, he's progressing well," manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays are going to see how Zobrist feels Wednesday before determining the next step, but he said he felt good before working out Tuesday.

If all goes well Wednesday and Thursday, Zobrist hopes to be ready to play in the Rays' Grapefruit League opener on Friday, although that would seem unlikely given the time he's missed so far.

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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