After weeks of rumblings about alleged cracks in the foundation of the union between Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist and his wife, we finally have word of just what brought on the player's most recent leave of absence.
According to court documents seen by TMZ, Julianna Zobrist has officially filed for divorce in the state of Illinois.
This comes on the heels of Julianna, a Christian pop musician, deleting her Twitter account and scrubbing her Instagram of a number of photographs depicting her with her husband. The Cubs subsequently acknowledged last week that Ben was taking a leave of absence from the team, with front office exec Theo Epstein noting that it was for "a personal family matter," of which he refused to expand upon.
The couple originally married in 2005 and have three children together.
As of this time, Ben is expected to remain on leave from the team. On the season, he is .241 with a .596 OPS in 83 at-bats.
"I texted with him the other day and reminded him how much I care about him, how much we miss him," manager Joe Maddon said, per ESPN, adding that there is "no indication" of any specific timeline for his return.