LHP Manny Parra announced on his Twitter account April 9 that he had season-ending Tommy John surgery. The Cubs officially placed him on the minor league 60-day DL and he will spend the year rehabbing from elbow surgery.
The Cubs signed Manny Parra to a minor league contract in late February that included a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Parra threw the ball well after reporting to camp. Rumors suggested if the Cubs traded Travis Wood it could create a spot on the Opening Day roster for Parra.
Parra was very good in Spring Training. The lefty appeared in six games for Joe Maddon in the exhibition season. Parra completed 5 2/3 innings and gave up four hits and walked a batter. Parra did not allow any runs and recorded eight strikeouts.
The Cubs released Manny Parra on March 29 in order to avoid paying the retention bonus. The Cubs re-signed Parra, Shane Victorino and Munenori Kawasaki later in the same day to new minor league deals.
Reports have not surfaced with the details of Parra’s new contract with the Cubs.
Parra is one of the veteran pitchers the Cubs signed for depth. Chris Bosio has a long history with Parra from their time together in the Brewers’ organization.
Manny Parra, 33, was 1-2 in 40 games last season for the Reds, all out of the bullpen, with a 3.90 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. For his career, Parra owns a 29-41 record in 322 games, 74 starts, with one save, a 4.90 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 4.17 FIP.