DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on 15-day disabled with left knee patella tendinitis and a right ankle sprain. His placement on the DL is retroactive to August 9th. To take his place on the active roster, the Rockies have recalled infielder Ben Paulsen. Paulsen (#4) will be available for today’s Rockies at Diamondbacks game at Chase Field (2:10 p.m. MDT).
Gonzalez, 28, is returning to the disabled list for his second stint of the season, as he spent over a month on the DL from June 4th-July 11th earlier this season. In 70 games in 2014, Gonzalez is batting .238 (62-for-260) with 15 doubles, 1 triple, 11 home runs, 38 RBI and 35 runs. This is Gonzalez’s seventh Major League season, six of which with Colorado (2009-2014) and one with Oakland (2008). In 761 career Major League games he is batting .294 (828-for-2817) with 166 doubles, 32 triples, 136 home runs, 457 RBI and 483 runs.
Paulsen, 26, is returning for his second stint in the Majors, as he made his Major League debut on July 21st and was a member of the Rockies for eight days before being optioned on July 29th. In seven games, Paulsen hit .455 (10-for-22) with 4 doubles, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Paulsen has hit safely in each of his seven career Major League games, and his 10 hits in seven games are tied with Matt Holliday and Nolan Arenado for the most in club history. Paulsen has spent the balance of his season at Triple-A Colorado Springs. For the Sky Sox, he has batted .285 (111-for-390) with 27 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, 63 RBI and 66 runs. He was originally selected by the Rockies in the third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Clemson University.