Gerardo Parra activated from the disabled list
Gerardo Parra is returning to the Rockies after a month on the DL.
Before today’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Rockies activated Gerardo Parra from the disabled list after he’s been on it since June 7 with a right quad strain after sliding into second base on an attempted steal the day prior.
Tauchman optioned to AAA
As a result, the Rockies optioned 26-year old rookie outfielder Mike Tauchman back to Triple-A Albuquerque. Tauchman only received nine at-bats in seven games but he did have two hits and an RBI. He made his MLB debut on June 27. He has played well in AAA in 2017 as in 70 games, he has 81 hits, 14 doubles, 10 HRs, 55 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, and a .313/.377/.529 slash line.
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Parra’s return is a much needed help to the Rockies. The outfield has been struggling some lately as Carlos Gonzalez has not been playing well (as we discussed about earlier today) and Ian Desmond was put on the DL recently. Also, Mark Reynolds, who nearly missed out on becoming an All-Star for the first time in his career after not winning the Final Vote, has struggled recently at first base. His average has dropped 16 points in the past two weeks and it has dropped 54 points since May 11. As a result, Parra will be seeing some time at first base in the near future (as discussed by our own Kevin Henry in this article) but tonight, Parra is starting in left field and batting fifth in the lineup.
Next: Chad Bettis heading out on a rehab start
Parra’s 2017 season
In 49 games in 2017, Parra has 47 hits, six homers, 28 RBIs, a .318/.348/.480 slash line, a BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) of .350, and an OPS+ of 105. Defensively, according to Fangraphs.com, the former two-time Gold Glove Award Winner has a 3.7 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) between first base and the outfielder (zero is league average) and 2 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) with zero, again, being league average.