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Zobrist day to day with tweaked lower back

Second baseman expects to be fine soon, doesn't believe injury is serious

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Ben Zobrist tweaked his lower back, which will have the Rays second baseman listed as day to day for the next couple of days.

"I was in the weight room [Wednesday] and I tweaked it," Zobrist said. "It's just tight and sore right now. Just going to have to wait a couple of days before I get started."

Though starting Spring Training injured would seem frustrating, Zobrist took his situation in stride.

"At this time [it's not that frustrating]," Zobrist said. "I've been through all the fundamentals they're going to be going through the next couple of days, and I don't think it's going to be hard for me to pick those up. ... [The injury is] nothing serious that's going to keep me from playing or from being ready for our first Spring Training game."

Rays manager Joe Maddon echoed Zobrist in regard to the nature of the injury.

"Talking to [head athletic trainer] Ronnie [Porterfield], hopefully it's not going to take him too long," Maddon said. "It's unfortunate he had that little bit of an accident there. ... See how he is tomorrow, but Ronnie does not anticipate a lengthy kind of a problem or concern. Ronnie and Zo, neither one thinks it's awful. But it's there right now and he really can't participate."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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