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 despite 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 his playing time should trend down as the season wears on with the likes of Dahl and Raimel Tapia waiting in the wings to take on larger roles.
Parra will man left field and bat sixth in Wednesday's wild-card game against Arizona, Jenny Carver of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports. Parra will receive the start instead of Ian Desmond with right-hander Zack Greinke on the mound for the Diamondbacks. Over the course of the 2017 season, Parra is hitting .286 with nine home runs and 60 RBI in 294 at-bats against righties.
Parra is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. This marks Parra's third straight absence, as his month-long struggles (.221/.253/.299) have started to affect his playing time. The last two absences have come against lefties, but Parra also sat Tuesday against a right-hander. Clayton Kershaw is due up for Los Angeles on Saturday, so Parra may ride the pine yet again.
Parra is not in the lineup against the Marlins on Wednesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Parra will remain on the bench for the second consecutive game while Ian Desmond draws another start in left field with left-hander Adam Conley taking the mound for Miami. Following Colorado's scheduled off-day Thursday, Parra could return to the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Dodgers, although another southpaw -- Hyun-Jin Ryu -- is set to toe the rubber for that game as well.
Parra is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. Parra recorded just one hit in 21 at-bats over the last five games he started, so manager Bud Black decided to give him a day off. Ian Desmond will get the nod in left field for the Rockies on Tuesday night.
Parra is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Padres, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Parra will get the day off after starting six straight games for the Rockies, going 7-for-22 (.318) with a pair of RBI over that stretch. He should continue to sit about once a week as the Rockies look to get Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup. With Parra out, Colorado will deploy an outfield of Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon and Gonzalez (from left to right).