Parra, 29, joined the Rockies over the offseason on a three-year, $27.5 million contract. He batted .263 with five home runs, 27 RBIs and 29 extra-base hits, but he had just a .274 on-base percentage. The Rockies are expecting him to find his form and give the offense a lift.
Resplendent in brown: The 80s Padres-themed brown, gold and orange All-Star motif either drew smiles or guffaws, depending on the beholder. But Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who was seen on the television for a bit during the Home Run Derby, gave the look a thumbs up.
Gonzalez said it looks "strange" to wear something other than Rockies black, purple and silver, but he thought the Pads' look was the best of his three All-Star Games.
"I kind of liked the idea of the brown one, looking back to the old days," Gonzalez said. "They did a great job matching everything -- the high pants. Some players like me never wear pants up, but doing something different that day was a great idea by MLB.
"I would say the Mets, the orange one that we used in 2013 was cool. That's one and two, and No. 3 was the Royals' . That's the only one left."
An upward cycle: Weiss said the plan with catching prospect Tom Murphy, at Triple-A Albuquerque, is to work on his defense and to loosen up. The latter advice is in more ways than one. He has a tall, tightly muscled frame that creates some challenges with handling low pitches, and Weiss said "he beats himself up pretty good, is hard on himself; getting him to the point where he can relax through some of the struggles is easier said than done."
Murphy, who went into Friday night on a 15-for-20 hot streak, hit for the cycle on Thursday night against Memphis.
"That'll loosen you up a little bit," Weiss said.
Progress slow with Castro: The Rockies continue to be careful with righty reliever Miguel Castro, who had a strong beginning but has struggled since sustaining a right shoulder injury in mid-April.
Castro, 21, has made just two appearances since being sent to Albuquerque on June 25. The second was on Thursday, when he gave up a run on two hits in one inning.
"He's a guy we're trying to get back to form," Weiss said. "He was inactive for a little bit when he went down to Triple-A, and he's working his way back. It's a process with him. We've been pretty careful with him and erred on the side of caution with him, and he's pitching again."