BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter was glad that Gerardo Parra was added. It gives him another possible leadoff hitter. Parra, who was officially added to the roster about an hour before game time, will wear No. 18. He was acquired from Milwaukee for Triple-A pitcher Zach Davies.
“That’s one of those that should work out real well for both clubs. We got a good player back and gave up a good pitching prospect. I’ve always been a fan of (Parra’s). We played them out there last year and I know the guy won a Gold Glove in left and right and having a big year offensively and plays the game like our fans like to see it played. He fits us and kind of who we have to be to be competitive,” Showalter said.
Showalter thinks he can play both left and right field.
“I think he is capable of both. He has won Gold Gloves in both. I’m gonna sit down with him at some point and I want to hear from him,” Showalter said. “I’ve got a pretty good grip but you’re better off to talk to the player. He is capable of hitting a lot of spots in the lineup and has handled himself well against left-handed pitching this year. Smart, looking forward to his addition.”
While Showalter was happy to see Parra come, he was sad the team traded Tommy Hunter to Chicago.
“Tommy never has a bad day, very infectious personality and he can pitch. He will help the Cubs and I’m glad it’s to a place that’s competitive. It’s not that they wanted him more than us,” Showalter said. “That’s a tough one.”
As he prepared for Friday night’s game, Showalter said he believes the team is a better one with these improvements.
“I think so. I hope so. I think so. I’m not getting too deep right now, I’m trying to win tonight’s ballgame in nine innings. That other stuff, we all think about it. There’s a lot of things contingent on signing players. Next year is next year. We are trying to win a World Championship this year. That’s what it is all about. With the situation we are in. It’s as simple as that,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Chris Tillman had his left ankle bandaged, and said he hopes to make Monday’s start. He injured the ankle in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s game. … Reliever Mychal Givens found out he was recalled from Bowie on Friday morning. He’s in his second stint with the team.