The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from their AAA affiliate in Indianapolis. To make room on the 25-man roster, outfielder Jose Tabata was sent down to the Indians.
Hernandez, who was previously recalled by the Pirates in late May, is hitting for an OBA of .364 in 64 games played for the International League’s Indianapolis Indians. In his nine games with the big league club earlier this season, Hernandez had 11 plate appearances and hit .200/.273/.200. Acquired by the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade in 2009 and named the “best defensive outfielder” in the Pirates’ minor league system by Baseball America, the 24-year old Hernandez has spent time in center and right fields, but the majority of his starts have been in left field.
Jose Tabata has struggled mightily in his 2012 campaign, having an OBA under .300. Even though he has stolen eight bases, tied for second most on the Pirates, he has been thrown out nine different times, which is the most on the team.