The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent 1B/OF Corey Hart to AAA Indianapolis to begin a rehab assignment. Hart went on the disabled list on June 24th with a left shoulder impingement. The move was made retroactive to June 22nd, so starting his rehab now will give him a week’s worth of at-bats before he is eligible to come off the DL. He is in Tuesday night’s lineup in the DH spot.
Hart was hitting .222/.246/.352 with the Pirates before he went on the DL, but he had just 57 plate appearances all season, so these extra at-bats could help knock some of the rust off.
Also, Jose Tabata has cleared waivers and the Pirates have sent him outright to Indianapolis. With his contract, that is no surprise and with the remaining money he has left, he isn’t going anywhere. Tabata hit .289/.341/.289 with the Pirates, being used in a role similar to Hart. Tabata had 41 plate appearances in 27 games.