By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- The Pirates have recalled outfielder Jose Tabata from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. He has been sidelined since suffering a left quad strain in the game against Boston on June 26.

In 13 total rehab games, Tabata hit .293 (12-for-41) – he went 1-for-8 in four games with High-A Bradenton and 11-for-33 (.333) with six doubles in nine games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

To make room for Tabata on the 25-man active roster, infielder Pedro Alvarez has been optioned to Triple-A.

The demotion of Alvarez isn’t a big surprise. The third baseman is hitting for a .196 average. He was recalled in late July, but has hit for a .174 average and a .476 OPS since his return, with 25 strikeouts in 69 at-bats.

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
Jose Tabata, LF
Xavier Paul, RF
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Ryan Doumit, C
Neil Walker, 2B
Garrett Jones, 1B
Ronny Cedeno, SS
Josh Harrison, 3B
Jeff Karstens, SP