Goldschmidt leaves Diamondbacks for birth of his first child

DENVER (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has left the team to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's first child.

Goldschmidt left Denver for Phoenix on a flight late Tuesday night. Manager Chip Hale said Goldschmidt would miss Wednesday's game against the Rockies and most likely Friday's game at the Chicago Cubs.

Hale expects Goldschmidt to rejoin the team in Chicago this weekend.

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Goldschmidt entered Wednesday third in the league in hitting at .322. He has 27 home runs and 97 RBIs, second in the NL.

The Diamondbacks recalled left-handed reliever Keith Hessler from Triple-A Reno. Hessler made his major league debut with Arizona on Aug. 8. He was 0-1 with a 15.18 ERA in eight appearances before being optioned to Reno on Aug. 23.