Gibson gives Upton a rare breather on Sunday

Gibson gives Upton a rare breather on Sunday

Gibson gives Upton a rare breather on Sunday
PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Justin Upton was out of the lineup on Sunday for the first time since June 6. Currently in the midst of playing 20 games without a day off, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson wanted to give Upton a breather.

"It's not that I want to take him out of the lineup, just need to do it," Gibson said. "He's got to have a day off, and all our guys are playing well, so it's a good time to rotate them in."

Gerardo Parra got the start in right field against the Astros on Sunday.

With the D-backs set to face three straight lefties during their next series with the Rockies, Gibson said that Sunday made the most sense to give Upton the rest. The right-handed outfielder boasts an on-base percentage of .398 against lefties, more than 50 points higher than versus righties.

"He's obviously going to play all three days," Gibson said.