After missing 2 weeks with injured thumb, Zobrist back in Rays lineup

Ben Zobrist is hitting .260 with three home runs and nine RBI for the Rays.

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Ben Zobrist is back with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The second baseman rejoined the team Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, after he had missed 13 contests since being placed on the 15-day disabled list May 15 with a dislocated left thumb. Zobrist, a two-time All-Star, injured the thumb when sliding awkwardly headfirst into second base on a stolen-base attempt in the fifth inning of a victory over the Seattle Mariners on May 14.

Infielder Cole Figueroa, who hit .250 with one RBI in seven games during Zobrist’s absence, was optioned Thursday to Triple-A Durham to make room on the roster for Zobrist.

Zobrist was listed as the second batter in the Rays’ lineup Friday against right-hander Brandon Workman. He has hit .260 with three home runs and nine RBI this season.

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