5/3/2014 7:29 P.M. ET
Parra playing through elbow swelling
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra refused to come out of the game last Wednesday when he was smoked in the right elbow by a Rex Brothers' pitch.
The elbow immediately began swelling and was still that way prior to Saturday's game.
Yet Parra played Friday and was in the starting lineup again Saturday after manager Kirk Gibson asked him earlier in the day if he wanted to play.
"I tell him, 'Don't ask me if I want to play,'" Parra said with a smile. "Cause I'm always going to tell him I'm playing. I love to play. It's what I do."
Parra has played in 31 of the team's games entering Saturday.
Pollock out for third game with groin injury
SAN DIEGO -- Right up until he started running Saturday afternoon, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock thought he would be in that night's starting lineup.
Instead Pollock was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a groin injury.
"We thought he was pretty close," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "I asked him after the game [Friday] if he thought he'd be ready to go, he thought he would and then he came out and ran today and he's just not where he needs to be."
Pollock first felt tightness in the groin last Tuesday when he rounded third base in the sixth inning. He stayed in the game and wound up delivering the game-tying homer in the eighth inning.
"It's just like that last gear you try to get to, it's kind of grabbing," Pollock said. "I'm probably at about 80 running. I went out there and tested it with all the trainers and stuff. They kind of wanted me to take another day. I was ready to go. I told them, 'If you guys are OK with me going 80, maybe 85 percent, then I'd like to play.' It's frustrating. It's the worst not being able to play."
Pollock missed the team's four-game series with the Cubs last month with a strained neck and he was not happy to once again be unable to play.
"Hopefully I can get over this and not have to deal with anything ever again this year," he said." It's not a big deal. It really isn't. But in my head right now it kind of [stinks] not being able to be out there."
Montero's hot streak makes day off difficult
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson would like to get catcher Miguel Montero some rest, but he just can't bring himself to take Montero out of the lineup right now.
Montero's last off-day came April 22 against the Cubs in Chicago and Saturday night made it 10 straight in which he's played.
"The reality of it is, you're looking for a time to take him out and there is just no good time the way he's playing right now," Gibson said. "It's something we've got to look at. I know from in the past he can do it, but at some point it becomes too much. I'm not overly concerned about it yet, but I'm aware of it."
Over the nine-game stretch, Montero has an on-base plus slugging of .877.
Gibson has asked Montero to let him know when he needs a day off, but he also knows what he sees with his own eyes.
"I can tell," Gibson said. "He's really fresh now, but it's just early May. What we have to understand is if you continue to push him what is he going to be in August or September?"
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.