The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Jose Tabata, purchasing his contract from Indianapolis. To make room on the 40-man roster, they have transferred Justin Sellers to the 60-day disabled list. Earlier today we learned that they had optioned Wilfredo Boscan to Indianapolis, which was an expected move, since they were playing short a man on their bench.
The available bench options were limited. Steve Lombardozzi was just sent down, and isn’t eligible to return to the majors yet. Andrew Lambo is currently on the disabled list. Jaff Decker is currently rehabbing at Pirate City in extended Spring Training. Tony Sanchez would have been the only other option, although he wouldn’t have been able to help in the outfield.
I’d expect Tabata to be up until Lambo is ready to return. He was hitting well in Indianapolis before his call up, and could secure a spot in the majors if he carries that offense over to the majors. Tabata had a .455/.520/.500 line in 44 at-bats during the month of May.