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Parra back after attending child's birth

Parra back after attending child's birth

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Parra back after attending child's birth

CINCINNATI -- Reliever Manny Parra was unavailable on Wednesday night, as he joined his wife for the birth of their child. It was unfortunate timing for manager Dusty Baker, who likely would have used the left-hander against Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and might have been able to avoid surrendering one of the slugger's two home runs in extra innings.

"But his wife needed him more than we did," Baker said, laughing. "We don't have to hear it for a lifetime."

Parra, who has been mostly solid this season and has provided a left-handed arm in place of the injured Sean Marshall, returned to Great American Ball Park on Thursday, though Baker had yet to talk to him.

"I hope he's scheduled to come back today, but his baby and wife are fine," Baker said. "That's No. 1."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. Jeremy Warnemuende is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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