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Pirates send Tabata to Triple-A

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Struggling outfielder demoted in favor of Gorkys Hernandez

The Pirates have optioned struggling outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Tabata, in his third Major League season, is hitting .230 with 3 homeruns and 11 RBI in 252 at bats and has had issues defensively.

Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez has been recalled from Indy to take Tabata's place on the Major League roster.

Hernandez is in his second stint with the Pirates, having gone 2-for-10 with two RBI in nine games from May 18 to June 5. In 64 Triple-A games this season, Hernandez has gone 60-for-224 (.268) with 11 doubles, two triples, two homeruns, 25 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He hit .321 (17-for-53) against left-handed pitchers.

Neil Walker’s contract expires after the 2016 season. The Pirates second baseman is due for a big raise in arbitration this offseason, likely to $10 million.
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