The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-instated outfielder Jose Tabata from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned third baseman Pedro Alvarez to AAA. Prior to his injury, Tabata was batting for a .265 average with a .705 OPS in 257 at-bats in the majors this year. In his rehab work with Indianapolis, he hit for a .333 average in 33 at-bats, while also getting time in at right field.
The demotion of Alvarez isn't a big surprise. The third baseman is hitting for a .196 average with a .548 OPS this year. He was recalled in late July, but has hit for a .174 average and a .476 OPS since his return, with 25 strikeouts in 69 at-bats.
Alvarez was recalled prior to spending 20 days on optional assignment, which meant he avoided using his third and final option. This demotion will trigger t...
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