Jackson Back; Parra Sent Down
Gerardo Parra (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Senior Editor
Posted May 8, 2010

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated outfielder Conor Jackson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Gerardo Parra to Triple-A Reno. Parra has been outperformed by Cole Gillespie, who was added to the roster shortly after Jackson landed on the DL in April.

Gerardo Parra, 23, played in 26 games for the D-backs, owning a .247 average (18-for-73) with five runs scored, 6 doubles, a triple, and seven RBI. Parra broke camp with the big league club for the first time in his career.  Cole Gillespie, however, has hit .300 (9-for-30) since replacing Jackson on the 25-man roster.  Six of those hits have gone for extra bases, and the 25-year old outfielder has scored six runs while driving in five.

Parra hit .290 in 120 games as a rookie last season.  He was particularly effective in clutch situations, batting .337 with runners in scoring position, .367 with men on base, and .341 with runners in scoring position and two outs.  The heralded prospect may benefit from more regular playing time with the Reno Aces.

Conor Jackson, 28, was placed on the disabled list on April 19 with a right hamstring strain and completed a three-game rehab assignment with the Aces, batting .273 (3-for-11) with four runs scored, a homer, and two RBI.

Prior to his stint on the disabled list, Jackson was hitting .267 (12-for-45) with three runs scored, a double, two RBI, and six walks while reaching base safely in all 11 games with the D-backs.  While Jackson had been used primarily as the team's leadoff hitter, Kelly Johnson has excelled in that role since, so it is unlikely that manager A.J. Hinch will disrupt that recipe for success.

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