According to the documents, his wife, Julianna, is listed as the plaintiff. Julianna Zobrist is a professional singer who has performed the national anthem for teams that her husband has played for. She also sang “God Bless America” before Game 4 of the 2016 World Series.
Zobrist, 37, is in the final season of a four-year contract that he signed with the Cubs after beginning his career in Tampa Bay in 2006. He helped the Kansas City Royals to a title in 2015 and did the same the following season in Chicago.
The team has not given a reason for his absence nor a potential return date.
“No indication,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I texted with him the other day and reminded him how much I care about him, how much we miss him.”
Zobrist was hitting .241 with 10 RBIs in 26 games prior to taking his absence from the team.