Zobrist has been held back due to a stiff lower back and later a stiff neck. Now the veteran is in a situation where he needs to get at-bats wherever he can.
"We obviously want to try and hit the ground running [at the start of the season]," Zobrist said.
As far as a desired number of at-bats, the coaching staff has an idea about how many he needs to have to be ready.
"I just know in the past it's been 50 to 60 at-bats," Zobrist said. "... So I've got to catch up a little bit."
Rays manager Joe Maddon did not sound concerned about Zobrist's at-bats.
"We were talking about back-loading [his at-bats toward the end of Spring Training] anyway," Maddon said. "There's plenty of games left to start piling them up. We could also throw him over to the Minor League side to get him at-bats, too."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.