Parra to be defensive weapon for D-backs

Parra to be defensive weapon for D-backs

PHOENIX -- One way D-backs manager Kirk Gibson plans on getting outfielder Gerardo Parra playing time became clear on Opening Day when he put Parra in left field as a defensive replacement for Jason Kubel in the seventh inning.

"I talked to Jason about that a long time ago in Spring Training," Gibson said. "He has no problem with it. It's good for our team, Parra is a defensive weapon. If the situation calls for it, I don't know why I wouldn't do that. You're losing something offensively, but you gaining something as well. It's a different dimension."

Adding to Gibson's desire to make the switch Friday was the fact that Kubel is still battling a sore right quad that kept him on the shelf for four days during Spring Training.

The injury does not hamper Kubel's ability to play nor has it gotten any worse, but Gibson said, "It's never gone 100 percent away."

Parra was the starter in left in 2011 and hit a career-best .292 while also capturing a Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He lost his starting position in January when the team signed Kubel to a two-year deal.