Joe Maddon says he is preparing for a worst-case scenario of Ben Zobrist not returning this season.
Zobrist last played for the Chicago Cubs on May 6 and has been away from the team due to personal reasons. The reason was later revealed to be a divorce with his wife Julianna.
Maddon says he hopes Zobrist won’t be away from the team all season, but he needs to prepare for that possibility. He also says Zobrist has been away from the team long enough that it would not be easy for him to return immediately.
“I hope that’s not the case,” Maddon said Tuesday, via the Chicago Sun Times. “But he’s at the point now where if he chose to come back, it’s going to take him a while to get back up to speed, too. We have to mentally be prepared that we will not have him.”