Parra is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Parra typically sits roughly once per week as part of an outfield rotation to get Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup. Gonzalez is starting in right field and hitting sixth. Parra is hitting .237/.279/.342 with zero home runs and one steal in 38 September at-bats.
Parra (thigh) is serving as the Rockies' designated hitter for Wednesday's game against the Royals, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Wednesday is a rare occasion for the Rockies, as they're playing in an American League park and can use a designated hitter. As a result, they'll be able to have Parra's bat in the lineup without running the risk of having him aggravate his thigh while playing in the field. The Rockies have another game in Kansas City on Thursday, so they may opt to use Parra as their DH once again before having him return to the outfield when they face the Braves on Friday.
Parra was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a right thigh contusion, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Parra was scheduled to draw the start in left field for Tuesday's game against the Royals, but he apparently wasn't feeling comfortable during pregame warmups and will be replaced by Raimel Tapia in the lineup. The veteran outfielder is reportedly still feeling the effects of his hit-by-pitch during Sunday's game. He'll be a day-to-day case moving forward.
Parra went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Wednesday's 10-5 loss to the Mets. Both of Parra's doubles came against starter Chris Flexen, as he hit one to lead off the second inning before driving in two runs in the third. The left-handed hitting outfielder has posted multi-hit efforts in 15 of his past 24 games started, and is slashing career highs across the board at .355/.376/.535. Parra should continue to serve as an excellent source of RBI while batting in the heart of Colorado's explosive lineup.
Parra is likely to take over the everyday role in left field with Ian Desmond (calf) heading to the 10-day disabled list. Parra thrived earlier this month when Desmond was sidelined with a similar injury and is currently batting .480 with a 1.184 OPS and 15 RBI over his last 50 at-bats. He likely checks in as an everyday outfielder moving forward, along with Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez, and should also see plenty of opportunities at the plate, as manager Bud Black has slotted him in the cleanup spot for the past two games.
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