At first, we initially thought the Chicago Cubs were placing Ben Zobrist on the injured list, but it turned out he actually requested a leave of absence from the team due to a personal matter. On Thursday, team president of baseball operations Theo Epstein weighed in, but provided few details.
We're unsure exactly what's going on, but the Cubs have offered Zobrist their full support during this time.
This situation could be much uglier than many first anticipated, especially given that it's very concerning there's no timetable for his return.
While this is all speculation at this point and nothing is confirmed, Twitter detectives discovered that Ben's wife, Julianna Zobrist, deleted her Twitter account and scrubbed her Instagram of a number of photographs depicting the Cubs veteran, leading many to believe the two are dealing with marital issues.