Photo of the Day: Jeff Samardzija is dead sexy

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I love spring training photo day.  Every year it seems like the guys at Getty and wherever else come up with new dramatic lighting, some different poses or something creative to make the every day headshots more interesting than they used to be.

But sometimes I think they’re just messing with these guys.  Guys like Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago Cubs. Who, according to the caption, had this picture taken this morning in Arizona. But who, in reality, looks like he had it taken at my high school in 1989:

source: Getty Images

“Now blow on the ball, Jeff.  Gently … gently … ok, hold it!”  [click]

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.