Dodgers' Xavier Paul out for season

Updated: September 1, 2010, 10:26 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Dodgers minor league outfielder Xavier Paul, who was widely assumed to be among the team's September call-ups, has been shut down for the rest of the season with a neck injury.

Paul said that he's pain-free and feels fine, but a recent MRI showed he had a bulging disk in his neck and team doctors advised him to be cautious with the injury.

"Nothing happened, I just got to the ballpark the second day we were in Tacoma [Wash.] and it stiffened up on me," Paul said when reached on his cell phone by ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday afternoon.

"It's disappointing. As a player you want to play through it, because you feel like you can play through it. But I'm not a doctor and if the doctors think it's better to rest then that's what I should do."

Paul hit .231 in 44 games over three separate call-ups with the Dodgers this season.

Paul said he's been told the injury is not serious and should heal with rest. He is out of minor league options after this season, though, meaning the Dodgers must keep him on the active 25-man roster or risk losing him.

Paul has hit well at Triple-A, batting .316, .328 and .325 at that level the past three seasons.

Ramona Shelburne is a columnist and writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow her on Twitter.