Gibson impressed by Parra's play in center

Gibson impressed by Parra's play in center

PHOENIX -- When Spring Training began, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he wanted to get Gerardo Parra a lot of playing time in center field so that he would be a viable option there should Chris Young need a day off.

Recently, Gibson has praised Parra's improvement, and Parra said he feels confident in his abilities at the position.

"I feel confident there because I played center field in the Minor Leagues and in Venezuela during the winter," Parra said. "It is a little different."

Parra won a Gold Glove for his play in left field last year, but lost his starting spot when the D-backs signed free agent Jason Kubel in December.

The plan this year is for Parra to back up Kubel in left and occasionally spell Young in center and Justin Upton in right.

Parra said the main difference in playing center is that the ball comes at you straight, whereas it tails on the corners.

When asked if he had a preference of which position to play, Parra shook his head and then smiled.

"I just like it when I see my name in the lineup," Parra said.