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Tabata Sent to Triple-A to Reignite His Game, But It’s Not Quite Marte Time

Tabata Sent to Triple-A to Reignite His Game, But It’s Not Quite Marte Time

PITTSBURGH, PA -- There came a point in time that the Pirates organization had enough with outfielder Jose Tabata, and decided that a demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis would help him reignite his game. That move came on Tuesday, when Pittsburgh optioned him to Indianapolis and recalled outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

The move, however, was focused on getting Tabata back on track, while getting consistent at-bats, reps, games and plays in Indy. While the Pirates have had a lot of hot bats swinging, playing time in the outfield hasn't been consistent due to his struggles both on the field and at the plate.

"We’re in a competitive mode up here," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "He wasn’t playing to his expectations. He was trying to find a way to get some offensive traction and that wasn’t happening. I think to get him out of this environment can also provide some good. I think the challenge is just getting out of here. Once he gets down there, find the freedom and go play. He was battling ...

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