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If that was it for now from Xavier Paul, at least he knows how to leave an impression on Dodgers

May 30, 2010 |  6:17 pm
Some people just know how to make an exit. It’s a knack. Leaving ’em wanting a bit more, knowing they’re going to be missed.

Like Xavier Paul.

Paul had himself a fine little game Sunday in Denver. He went one for three, drove in the go-ahead run and then scored the eventual winning run. Made a superb running, leaping catch of a Carlos Gonzalez drive deep into the right-center gap in the seventh.

If Andre Ethier is activated Monday as expected, that was likely Paul’s last game for the Dodgers. At least for a while.

Paul is expected to be sent back to triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Ethier on the 25-man roster.

Unless the Dodgers unexpectedly decide they’ve given Garret Anderson (.158) enough rope, Paul’s next game will be for the Isotopes.

Now if you compare the numbers of Paul and Anderson, as Dodgerdugout.com’s Robert Timm did, it could be easy to argue Anderson is the guy who should go.

But if you believe Paul would  benefit from playing every day and that Anderson’s experience will eventually prove beneficial, then Paul needs to go down … for now.

Paul has been a productive offensive player, batting .281 with nine runs, six RBIs and three stolen bases in 57 at-bats.

He's had his misadventures in the outfield, but there is little doubt the 5-foot-9 Paul is a talent.

And, it seems, he knows how to make an exit.

--Steve Dilbeck
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