Corey Hart Begins Rehab, Tabata Sent Outright to Indianapolis

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.

  • Two turds, one punchbowl.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 30, 2015 10:12 pm

    Why do the Pirates continue to waste time, resources, and believe that Hart is going to be productive as a first baseman in Pittsburgh? Are they that stubborn or do they think they are smarter than everyone else?

    • With the fourth best record in MLB, I would think they are a lot smarter than you ever want to give them credit for.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        July 1, 2015 9:20 am

        So, you think keeping Hart is a good move and you stand by that?

        • If you are gonna keep Hart, him being on the DL and rehabbing in AAA is a good move. The one positive to PIT taking risks with bench guys like Hart is that they rarely let them stay that long. Unless Hart sticks around all of July after being healthy, it was a non terrible buy low chance that didnt work out.

          McDonald got 16 games 31 at bats.
          Sutton got 24 games 74 at bats.
          Inge got 50 games and 105 at bats.

          • BuccosFanStuckinMD
            July 1, 2015 12:14 pm

            So, you are willing to sacrifice another game or two to keep Hart on the 25 man (when healthy)? That was the kind of thinking that cost us the division last year, with guys Pimentel and Frieri.

            • I actually didnt say that at all, so that was odd. I dont mind taking small chances on guys for legit reasons. Hart was cheap, and worth a shot to see what was left in the tank. Didnt work, he rarely played, life goes on.

              Carrying Hart or Frieri doesnt cost a team the division any more than Cutch missing a week with injury, Grilli sucking, the entire offense starting slow, and a ton of random situations that cost them 1 game. Fans that like to complain about anything like to ramble about it. STL is the best team in baseball this year and that bench had Pete Kozma on it.

              • Luke sutton
                July 1, 2015 12:40 pm

                STL also is rolling with Tony Cruz as its backup C and have for years despite no real contribution offensively and middling defensive results. If we get tons of crap for Hart, we should hold a parade that we roster Stewart as the backup.

  • pretty nice to essentially have a 41 man roster with Tabata

  • Tabata vs Cards, 2012-14: 130AB, .331/.408/.462/.870.
    He might still be useful yet.

  • Was Volstad claimed?

    • Usually players don’t clear waivers this quick, but there will be an article up whenever the Volstad move is announced. Tabata is a special case due to his salary

      • John, I just have a feeling that Volstad will be claimed.
        What do you think?

        Also, any thoughts of what happens with Clayton Richard?

        • John Dreker
          July 1, 2015 5:35 pm

          I would say odds are that they lose one of them, but I wouldn’t consider either a big loss except for the fact injuries have really done a number on the depth. If Cumpton, Sadler, Kingham and Taillon were healthy, even two of them, you wouldn’t even think about what losing Volstad/Richard would mean to your team, it would just be the effect of having strong depth. Now they mean a little more, but I also think a comparable player could be had cheap. Richard’s low strikeout totals don’t give me much confidence, especially with his track record.

          • John, both are kind of a feel good stories we like to hear about. The other nice thing is that its once again credit to the Pirates system, if they are picked up and have success. It would give the Pirates system even more credibility in future off seasons making it even easier to get even more good quality reclamation projects in the future. Also, we may be adding LIzt to this as well since he is showing some success as a starter at Indy.

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