At the outset of 2017, Gerardo Parra was expected to serve as the Rockies' fourth outfielder, but injuries prevented David Dahl from suiting up for the big-league club all year, opening up more playing time than expected for the veteran. After carrying a sub-.700 OPS during the second half of May, Parra started to heat up at the plate before a quad strain landed him on the DL in early June. Once he returned in July, Parra started 63 of the Rockies' final 74 games, hitting .303/.337/.437 with four homers in the second half while playing half his games in the most hitter-friendly park in baseball. Not surprisingly, his OPS at home (.872) was considerably higher than his mark on the road (.708). Parra is still an above-average defender in the outfield, but he hurt his hand early in spring training, and that could allow Dahl and Raimel Tapia to take on larger roles.
Parra (hand) will make his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Dodgers, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Parra will make his return to the field after undergoing right hand hamate bone surgery in mid-February. He was able to compete in a live batting practice session Wednesday, which must have gone without any hitches if he's been cleared to participate in spring games. With 20 days to go until Opening Day, Parra should have enough time to get back to full health before the regular season begins.
Parra (hand) will participate in a live batting practice session Wednesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Parra has been sidelined throughout spring camp after undergoing surgery in mid-February to remove a broken hook of the hamate bone in his right hand. The outfielder was expected to return this weekend, but will likely remain out of Cactus League games until he can prove the hand is back to full health.
Parra (hand) could bat fourth against right-handed pitchers this season, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Manager Bud Black is contemplating deploying Trevor Story as the team's primary cleanup hitter, but given Story hit just .216/.281/.386 against same-handed pitching last season, Parra could be used in that role when the team is facing a difficult righty starter. The 30-year-old outfielder hit a respectable .296/.329/.459 in 319 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers last season while posting an equally impressive .325/.365/.474 line in 31 games batting fourth. He's currently sidelined with a broken hand, but he's on schedule to return in the first half of March. Once healthy, Parra will compete with Raimel Tapia and David Dahl for the final starting spot in the Rockies' outfield.
Parra (hand) will take flyballs Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Parra had surgery on the hamate bone of his right (catching) hand in mid-February. He's still on track for a mid-March return to game action. He'll start shagging flyballs and should be back at batting practice in about 10 days. He'll have a shortened Cactus League schedule in which to try and hold off David Dahl for the starting right field job.
Parra underwent surgery Friday to remove a broken hook of the hamate bone in his right hand, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. He expects to return around March 8-10. It sounds like a relatively minor cleanup procedure, and Parra expects to be available for the majority of the Cactus League slate. However, if he needs a bit more time than expected and/or struggles initially upon his return, it could open the door for David Dahl to take back a starting role in the Rockies' outfield. Parra hit .309/.341/.452 in 115 games with Colorado last season, but he had dramatic home/road splits and has given something back on the defensive side in recent seasons.