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Cubs cautiously optimistic Ben Zobrist won't have to miss much time with hip injury amid resurgent season

Cubs cautiously optimistic Ben Zobrist won't have to miss much time with hip injury amid resurgent season

The Cubs got the win against the Royals as Mike Montgomery threw six-scoreless innings and Cubs blank the Royals 5-0. But the team lost arguably their most valuable hitter not named Javier Baez in Ben Zobrist, as he left Tuesday night's game with reportedly left hip tightness. 

Joe Maddon downplayed the situation, but if Zobrist has to miss any serious time the Cubs may be in some real trouble. Zobrist and his resurgent 2018 season have been one of the biggest reasons the Cubs have been able to overcome a slow start to Anthony Rizzo and multiple DL stints for Kris Bryant. 

Zobrist was off to another productive night going 1-2 with an RBI sac fly, a walk, and a run scored while batting third for the Cubs Tuesday night before being pulled. He raised his batting average to .313, which leads the club, further proving just how essential Zobrist is to this Cubs offense that can't seem to find consistency this season. 

Especially when you factor in the rough stretch Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Albert Almora are currently going through, batting a combined .177 since the All-Star break. Zobrist was helping pick up the slack from a missing Bryant as well as the struggling bats on the roster, not to mention he's also one of the Cubs most patient hitters, as evident in Tuesday nights game. 

Prior to Tuesday's game, Zobrist was slashing .311/.395/.462 while walking in 12.3% of his at-bats, and the Cubs don't have any clear candidates to replace his production. Luckily, the hot-hitting David Bote came through Tuesday with a 3-RBI night, and while he has played 30 games it's hard he'll continue to stay this hot for the rest of the season. 

The other issue is hip injuries tend to linger, and even if Zobrist is able to play through the injury the 37-year-old showed last year that playing hurt isn't something the Cubs want to see. For now, the Cubs will just have to hope Zobrist will be fine because without him the Cubs are in real trouble of outlasting the Brewers for the National League Central crown. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Dare we ask... are the Cubs back?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Dare we ask... are the Cubs back?

Rick Telander, Ben Finfer and Seth Gruen join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Cubs beat the Padres from their 6th win in their 7 games since the All-Star Break. Are they really this good or are they just feasting on sub-.500 teams?

7:00 - The White Sox have lost seven straight after the break. Should fans be furious with the slump or still optimistic about the future?

13:00 - The Bears report to Bourbonnais in 6 days. Will the 2019 season be a failure if they do not make it to the Super Bowl?

19:00 - Kap gives out his play of the night in the FanDuel Friday Faves.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Gary Pressy - Behind the organ

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Gary Pressy - Behind the organ

Get to know Gary Pressy: Luke Stuckmeyer sits down with Cubs organist Gary Pressy.

1:00 - Find out when Gary started playing the organ.

2:40 - Gary discusses his consecutive games streak.

4:10 - Gary talks about some of the new songs he mixes in with the old classics.

7:15 - Gary picks his favorite moment from the Cubs 2016 World Series Championship season.

9:20 - Gary plays "Beer Money" - answering Cubs trivia questions.

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