Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt excused from Diamondbacks to be present for the birth of his first child

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National League MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt was not included in the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup when it came out Wednesday evening and there was no sight of him or his street clothes in the visitors clubhouse at Denver’s Coors Field. Now, via MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, we know why …

Arizona has a scheduled team off day Thursday, so Goldschmidt is only going to miss a game or two.

The 27-year-old first baseman boasts a .322/.437/.563 slash line with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 85 runs scored in 132 games this season for the Diamondbacks, who will travel to Wrigley Field next.