I wrote about Manny Parra before Tuesday’s game because he had been idle for so long, having not pitched since throwing four pitches for balls vs. Toronto on June 20. Sure enough, Parra got into Tuesday’s 8-2 loss when he replaced Mike Leake in the bottom of the sixth.
However, Parra threw just one pitch. It was a strike to Seth Smith. But the at-bat ended when Jake Goebbert was thrown out at second base trying to steal. Parra, the team leader with 34 appearances, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh.
Reds manager Bryan Price was glad Parra got in at all as a way to get him warmed up and throwing. But he saw it as a test because he had been trying not to use him lately.
“We kind of intentionally kept him out of games for a while,” Price said. “We needed a test drive to see how he came through that.”
Why had Parra been out?
“His shoulder was cranky,” Price said. “We worked through that, he could have pitched, but we felt if we didn’t pitch him, it gave him a better chance to continue without any flare-ups. By the end of that San Francisco series, he was feeling much better.”