Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday and recalled outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the same club.
Tabata, who signed a six-year contract extension last August, is batting .230 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 72 games with the Pirates this season.
The 23-year-old made his major league debut in 2010 and hit .299 with a .346 on-base percentage, 29 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases in 102 games. Last season, he appeared in 91 contests and finished with a .266 average.
Hernandez, 24, made his big league debut earlier this season and went 2-for-10 with two RBI in nine games.