Theo Epstein says there's a path for Ben Zobrist to return to the Chicago Cubs this season.

Zobrist, 38, has been on the restricted list since May 7 for what was described as personal reasons. He is going through a divorce from his wife.

"There's been a little definition added to how he hopes this thing might go," Epstein said. "I've been in constant touch with Zobrist. He knows the door is open. I think he's got an idea in mind on how he would like this to go, but his priorities are clear -- that's family first."

Zobrist has been in touch with the team throughout the process.

"Certainly the door is open and the possibility of a return is there for him later in the season," Epstein said. "We'll see how things evolve. We'd all love to see him back here and he would love to be back. We'll see if that can come to fruition."