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D-backs keep Gillespie, send down Parra

D-backs keep Gillespie, send down Parra

PHOENIX -- Cole Gillespie knew when he was called up on April 21 that his stay with the D-backs was tenuous, and once Conor Jackson was healthy and back in left field, there would be a corresponding move.

Well, Jackson is back. He was activated from the disabled list on Saturday, yet Gillespie still has a spot in the big league clubhouse.

Having the team's third-best slugging percentage -- fourth if pitcher Dan Haren is included -- went a long way in Gillespie sticking while Gerardo Parra, who spent most of the season with the D-backs in 2009, was sent down.

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"You know the possibility is out there," Gillespie said. "But at the same time, you can't let it enter your mind or change the way you approach your chances. You have to just take care of what you can do and make it hard [on management]."

Gillespie, who can play all three outfield positions, brought his power stroke with him from Triple-A Reno. He has five doubles and his first career home run, which he hit on Friday, among his nine hits.

Overall, Gillespie is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with three RBIs and a .548 slugging percentage. It's pretty clear he is comfortable in his surroundings.

"When I first got called up and was playing at Wrigley Field, I caught myself looking around a little bit," he said. "I got a few hits early, and it made it easier to settle down. Then I began working, finding a way to say here as long as possible."

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