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Ben Zobrist and Willson Contreras Return to Cubs Lineup

The Cubs will get Ben Zobrist back from his leave of absence and Willson Contreras back from the injured list for tonight's game.
Photo: Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Photo: Joe Sargent/Getty Images

For the first time since May, Ben Zobrist will be back in a Cubs uniform tonight in the second game of a two-game set against the Mariners. Not only is he back, but he will hit in the leadoff spot.

Zobrist took a leave of absence in May to deal with his divorce and spend time with his family. Cubs fans are eager to get a fan-favorite player like Zobrist back at Wrigley, but a big question lingers — will he contribute the way he used to? Coming off a rehab assignment where he hit .189, it will be interesting to see what he can do for this Cubs team that has lacked a consistent leadoff hitter since Dexter Fowler in 2016. Before his leave of absence, Zobrist was slashing .241/.343/.253 with ten RBIs and just one extra-base hit.

In addition to Zobrist, Willson Contreras returns to the lineup tonight. He will bat fifth and catch for the first time since dealing with a hamstring injury in early August. Contreras, who is hitting .275 with 19 home runs this season, will add much-needed motivation to a lineup that has struggled recently. It’s time to buckle up and enjoy the ride that is September on the North Side.

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