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Parra again ready to prove value at camp

D-backs outfielder competing for at-bats with Ross, Kubel, Eaton

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the second year in a row, D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra reported to Spring Training knowing that his playing time for the upcoming season is uncertain.

"I'm just going to be ready to play and just play baseball," Parra said. "I put in my mind, when I get my chance, just play hard. I don't think about 'he plays or I play,' I just play for the team and work hard when I get the chance."

After winning a Gold Glove and hitting .292 in 2011, Parra was pushed to the bench last year with the D-backs signing Jason Kubel as a free agent.

Then this offseason the club signed free-agent outfielder Cody Ross and is intent on giving rookie Adam Eaton a long look as the center fielder.

"It's hard, but that's baseball," Parra said. "I think it was harder last year."

How the playing time will shake out remains to be seen. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he would like to give Kubel, Ross, Eaton and Parra each around 450-500 at-bats.

"That's a good plan, but I don't think about it," Parra said. "I just want to play day to day and whatever happens will happen."

Gibson also said that Parra has a chance to earn his way into the Opening Day lineup based on his performance this spring.

"If that's what he said I feel good, I feel great," Parra said. "I don't want to think if we have four outfielders, am I going to play every day? I just want to play my baseball and he'll give me what he gives me."

Parra mainly played center field in winter ball and he plans on playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm happy because I'm happy to represent my city and my country," Parra said.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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