Gonzalez returns from paternity leave

Gonzalez returns from paternity leave

HOUSTON -- Marwin Gonzalez rejoined the Astros on Monday in Houston after being away for three days for the birth of his first child, a daughter named Aliana. Gonzalez became the second Astros player to take advantage of the three-day paternity leave that baseball instituted last year.

"It's something that's amazing being my first time," he said. "I don't have any words for it."

Gonzalez, a Rule 5 Draft pick, admitted when he was flying to Houston last week while the team was in Cincinnati he didn't think becoming a father would impact him quite the way it did.

"I used to say it was going to be like a normal day," he said. "I was on the plane on my way here and I was expecting a normal day. When I saw her and I carried her, it was amazing. It was a very special day."

Astros infielder Matt Downs was the first Astros player to be placed on paternity leave last season.