The A's will ease Zobrist into play, having opted to rest him during Monday's day game against the Tigers so he can start Tuesday.
"It's always nice to have a guy back that you feel like is very impactful for your team, and obviously we made that trade for a reason," said A's manager Bob Melvin, "so it's good to have him back."
The A's have been without the ultra-versatile Zobrist since April 25, when he hit the DL with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee that required surgery three days later. Zobrist recovered rather quickly and began a rehab assignment last week, playing five games overall between Class A Advanced Stockton and Triple-A Nashville.
Zobrist went a combined 5-for-16 in that span and was also able to use that time to adjust his sliding technique to prevent further damage to his left knee. He said the knee still feels a bit weaker than his right, but noted he's been told by trainers it's not noticeable when he's playing.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.