7/12/2014 4:31 P.M. ET
Parra to welcome mental rest during All-Star break
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The All-Star break cannot come soon enough for D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra.
Parra has hit just .140 since June 27 and is 1-for-11 over his previous three games entering Saturday.
"I feel good," Parra said. "My body is good, but I'm not hitting good right now."
While his body might feel fresh, Parra's mind is working overtime.
"I don't feel good at home plate right now, I admit it, but I don't feel frustrated," Parra said. "I'm just working hard every day and I feel like in the second half it will be great. Maybe one or two games getting two base hits and I'll feel better. Mentally, I'm thinking too much. I want a base hit, I want to help us win. Too many things in my mind."
Parra said he plans to spend the four days of the All-Star break hanging out by a pool and not thinking about baseball.
Before then, however, he continues to work daily with hitting coach Turner Ward trying to find solutions.
"He's working on some new things," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "His swing path, sometimes he gets thinking too much the other way. He does have the ability to pull the ball, pull it into the gap and impact the baseball. I know Turner and 'G' have been working a ton. That's a good thing, yet when you work and have to try to take that into a game, it takes time to get results and he gets frustrated with that, as anybody would."
Anderson's next start pushed to after All-Star break
SAN FRANCISCO -- The D-backs will start left-hander Vidal Nuno on Sunday against the Giants instead of right-hander Chase Anderson.
There are no health issues with Anderson, but the rookie threw just 88 innings for Triple-A Reno last year and is already up to 93 1/3 innings this year between Double-A Mobile and the big leagues. With that in mind, the team wants to be proactive in limiting his innings where it can.
Anderson will start the D-backs' fifth game after the break on July 22 against the Tigers at Chase Field, meaning he will pitch on 14 days of rest instead of the usual four.
"I think part of it is to address his innings and keep them under control," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "The other thing is to give him a break and give him time to recover. It makes sense. You get too fatigued and one of the thoughts is you risk injury. We're giving him some time off physically as well as mentally. Hopefully, he gets back into the second half here and throws the ball well for us."
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.