Paulsen was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. With Daniel Descalso being activated from the disabled list, the Rockies needed to make room on the roster, and they chose Paulsen to be the casualty. He hasn't been horrible this season, batting .258 with 10 RBI, but Mark Reynolds has taken over as the starting first baseman, so the Rockies probably thought it was worth getting the 28-year-old more at-bats rather than having him rot on the bench. He'll likely be one of the first ones called up in the event of an injury to a position player, but for now, he'll settle for at-bats in the minor leagues.
Paulsen is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports. Manager Walt Weiss will keep Paulsen on the bench with the Dodgers bringing a lefty to the hill in Alex Wood. In his place, Brandon Barnes will earn a start in the outfield and will assume leadoff duties.
Paulsen is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. Paulsen is off to a hot start this season, hitting .324/.378/.559 with one home fun and nine RBI. With southpaw Scott Kazmir on the mound for the Dodgers, Paulsen will take a seat while right-handed bat Ryan Raburn gets the start to optimize the lineup matchups.
Paulsen went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's game against the Reds. Paulsen has been seeing the ball well lately, collecting six hits in his last 15 at-bats. The home run was Paulsen's first of the year after hitting 11 in 116 games a season ago. He should continue to see the majority of at-bats at first base against right-handed pitching.
Paulsen is out of Saturday's lineup against the Cubs, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. Oddly, Ryan Raburn will get the start in left field, even with righty Jake Arrieta on the mound. The expectation was that Paulsen would see regular playing time in left field against righties with Charlie Blackmon (toe) on the disabled list, but it may not be as regular as initially anticipated.
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