The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that rookie Starling Marte has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and have officially recalled Jose Tabata. Marte took the National League by storm when he hit the first pitch he saw a big leaguer out of the park.
Tabata told Tom Singer:
“Being sent down was difficult, but you have to be strong. I thought it might be a month, but I got my game together, now I’m here.”
It’s an opportunity for Tabata, very sad news for Marte and the Pirates. Marte hit four home runs in 23 games played for the Bucs. The rookie drove in 10 runs and had three triples in his 24 hits in 95 at bats, good for a .253 batting average. He displayed his strong arm on several occassions to the delight of twitter junkies like us.
Marte flashed his speed for four stolen bases, and also utilized the bunt, including after he was injured yesterday when he put one down and despite taking two quick looks at the third baseman he still beat it out for a hit.
Let’s trust Tabata can display such hustle. Tabata has a lot to prove to himself, the Pirates, and of course the fans who have been behind him since his strong rookie season. (ahem, Cocktailsfor2)
Tabata was placed in the leadoff spot for the Pirates today in St. Louis.