He immediately started in left field, hitting fifth against the visiting Chicago White Sox. His reappearance, the Rockies hope, will spark a revival.
“Let’s hope Gerardo can give us a lift,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “When he’s right, he can do a lot of things: hit the ball over the fence, find a gap, spray the ball all over the field, he likes hitting with guys on base, he has some energy and personality.”
Parra was on a bit of a tear before injuring his thigh chasing a line drive in Arizona on June 6. He was hitting .318 with an .828 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).
Rookie Raimel Tapia moved from left to right field so Black could sit struggling slugger Carlos Gonzalez. Parra’s return, and Tapia’s ability to hit for contact and his speed around the bases, Black hopes, will give the team’s struggling offense a lift.
“We need more contact. We’re punching too much,” Black said. “Putting the ball in play when we need to, good (at-bats) will go a long way to getting our offense back on track.”