Pirates To Promote Jose Tabata, Brad Lincoln

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 20: Jack Taschner #43 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game on April 20, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Dejan Kovacevic tweets. One of those roster spots will be taken by Brad Lincoln, who will pitch tomorrow. It hasn't yet been reported who will take the other one. Taschner had a 6.05 ERA with the Bucs. Clement hit .227/.295/.360. I still have some faith that he can make himself an everyday player, but I don't have any problem sending him back to Class AAA for a while--I didn't like watching him any more than anyone else did.

UPDATE: Kovacevic writes that Jose Tabata is on his way along with Lincoln:

And, in a surprise that materialized after the 5-2 loss tonight, Jose Tabata, the top outfield prospect, will join him.

Neither move will be formally announced until tomorrow, but multiple sources have confirmed the pending moves.

Garrett Jones will move to first base to make way for Tabata.

This is interesting, but it makes some sense--it's not like Tabata was setting the world afire in Indianapolis, but he was playing pretty well, and he's posted basically the same statistical line at so many stops that it might be that he can keep doing it in the majors. Other than Steve Pearce, who's hurt, and Jones, the Pirates don't really have anyone right now who's commanding playing time at first and the corners. I wasn't expecting to see Tabata so soon, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

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