Pirates Option Pedro Alvarez Back to Triple-A

Three weeks ago, third baseman Pedro Alvarez came off the disabled list and rejoined the Pittsburgh Pirates, looking to get past the horrendous start he had to the 2011 season.

Clearly, he was unable to do so. Alvarez is hitting just .196 this season – worse than when he came off the DL – with three home runs and 67 strikeouts in 194 major league at bats… ouch.

Today, the team optioned Alvarez back to AAA-Indianapolis.

The second overall pick in 2008 will likely remain in Triple-A for the final three weeks (September 5) of the minor league season. He could potentially rejoin the Pirates for the final two weeks of the major league season.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Alvarez: “We still believe in Pedro and that he will be a big part of what we’re doing here. I told him to go down, embrace it as a challenge and swing the bat with bad intentions.”

The team will likely now rotate third base duties between Josh Harrison and Brandon Wood.

Left fielder Jose Tabata was reinstated from the disabled list today.

Tabata, who has been out since June 27 with a strained quadriceps, hit a combined .293 in 13 rehab games with the team’s Class-A and -AAA affiliates.

He is batting lead-off tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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