Parra to welcome mental rest during All-Star break

Parra to welcome mental rest during All-Star break

SAN FRANCISCO -- The All-Star break cannot come soon enough for D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra.

Parra has hit just .140 since June 27 and is 1-for-11 over his previous three games entering Saturday.

"I feel good," Parra said. "My body is good, but I'm not hitting good right now."

While his body might feel fresh, Parra's mind is working overtime.

"I don't feel good at home plate right now, I admit it, but I don't feel frustrated," Parra said. "I'm just working hard every day and I feel like in the second half it will be great. Maybe one or two games getting two base hits and I'll feel better. Mentally, I'm thinking too much. I want a base hit, I want to help us win. Too many things in my mind."

Parra said he plans to spend the four days of the All-Star break hanging out by a pool and not thinking about baseball.

Before then, however, he continues to work daily with hitting coach Turner Ward trying to find solutions.

"He's working on some new things," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "His swing path, sometimes he gets thinking too much the other way. He does have the ability to pull the ball, pull it into the gap and impact the baseball. I know Turner and 'G' have been working a ton. That's a good thing, yet when you work and have to try to take that into a game, it takes time to get results and he gets frustrated with that, as anybody would."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.