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Pittsburgh Pirates Decide to Demote Jose Tabata After Activating Neil Walker

June 24th, 2014 at 11:43 PM
By Allan Smith

The choice was clear for the Pittsburgh Pirates, as either Travis Snider or Jose Tabata was getting the axe after Neil Walker was reinstated from the disabled list.

'Jose Tabata' photo (c) 2014, Patrick Reddick - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Clearly, the Pirates favor Snider.

The team demoted Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis before Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Although Tabata had a higher average, and larger contract, than Snider, the latter had hit for more power, was a better pinch-hitter and is left-handed to boot, something the Pirates need coming off the bench when the team faces a right-handed starter.

However, Tabata's demotion may be short-lived. In the fifth inning of Tuesday's game, Starling Marte was removed with concussion-like symptoms after sliding headfirst into the knee of Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez. He could see time on the special 7-day concussion disabled list, and Tabata would be eligible to be recalled immediately.

If Marte does hit the DL, look for Josh Harrison to continue receiving starts in the outfield while Snider and Tabata come off the bench for a Pirates team that just crossed the right side of the .500 line for the first time since mid-April.

Tags: Baseball, Jose Tabata, Josh Harrison, MLB, Neil Walker, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte, Travis Snider

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