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Parra slumping, sits for second straight game

PHOENIX -- For the second consecutive day and the fourth time this month, D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra was out of the lineup Saturday.

While trying to make a running catch against the Mets on July 1, the 26-year-old crashed into the outfield wall and came away bruised and bloodied. Parra sat out the next two games before returning to action, but his numbers have sagged ever since.

In 39 at-bats this month, Parra has just six hits and is batting .154. He hit .305 in April, .311 in May and .288 in June.

"It'll be good for him, just because of the way he plays," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "The one against the Mets, it's like he got in a car accident. He sacrificed himself. He's just beat up so I made that decision. If you look at the numbers, you might figure it out."

Asked whether Parra will sit again Sunday in the club's final game before the All-Star break, Gibson replied, "I don't know, we'll see."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for
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