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Parra returns from disabled list

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DENVER -- The Rockies activated outfielder Gerardo Parra from the disabled list on Friday and optioned Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Parra had been dealing with a right quad strain since June 6 and started the series opener vs. the White Sox, hitting fifth and delivering an RBI single in the first inning. He completed a three-game rehab stint Thursday with Albuquerque, building up to nine innings and playing both outfield and first base, in case Mark Reynolds needs rest while Ian Desmond is hurt.

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DENVER -- The Rockies activated outfielder Gerardo Parra from the disabled list on Friday and optioned Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Parra had been dealing with a right quad strain since June 6 and started the series opener vs. the White Sox, hitting fifth and delivering an RBI single in the first inning. He completed a three-game rehab stint Thursday with Albuquerque, building up to nine innings and playing both outfield and first base, in case Mark Reynolds needs rest while Ian Desmond is hurt.

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Parra said his quad feels good and that there isn't a plan to ease him back into the lineup.

"I'm ready to play every day," Parra said. "Whatever [manager Bud Black] wants to do, I'm ready."

With the Rockies' offense slumping, Black said Parra could provide a lift heading into the All-Star break, given how well he was hitting before getting hurt. Parra, Black said, could also help energize the club.

"He brings a component of looseness and having fun, and professionalism at the same time, because he knows what this is about," Black said. "All of us do our best work when we're loose and we're poised, and I think Parra has that ability just through his persona to do that naturally."

Tauchman was 2-for-9 with an RBI during his brief stint in the Majors.

Worth noting

• Black left open the possibility for Antonio Senzatela to return to the starting rotation after the All-Star break. Senzatela has made just two relief appearances since being sent to the bullpen June 22, after he gave up nine runs in a loss to the D-backs.

"Potentially, maybe, yeah," Black said. "Him not pitching has given him a nice break. … If there's a certain type of game that plays out that we need him, we won't hesitate."

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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