Lincoln, Tabata headed to DC

Jenifer Langosch/

So I’m supposedly “off” this week (I know, bad timing), but I’ve gotten word that right-hander Brad Lincoln has already taken a flight to Washington D.C. and that outfielder Jose Tabata was told after Indianapolis’ game on Tuesday that he would be heading to the big league club as well.

The additions of Lincoln and Tabata on Wednesday were obviously made possible by the two roster moves the Pirates made after Tuesday’s loss. Reliever Jack Taschner was designated for assignment, and first baseman Jeff Clement was optioned to Triple-A.

Lincoln had been widely speculated as the one who was going to take the TBD spot in the Pirates’ rotation. The addition of Tabata, though, wasn’t as expected, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t plenty deserved.

The 21-year-old outfielder hit .308 with 40 runs scored, 13 doubles, two triples, three homers and 18 RBIs in 52 games with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. He had also swiped 23 bases.

I’d have to believe that Tabata is going to jump into the starting lineup immediately and stay there. I can’t see the Pirates bringing up one of its top prospects and putting him on the bench. That likely means that Garrett Jones is headed to play first base regularly.

Tuesday may have been the Nationals’ day to see part of its future, but Wednesday is poised to be the Pirates’ time in the limelight. Tabata and Lincoln represent 2/3 of the Big 3 prospects that everyone knew would be up sooner or later this summer. Pedro Alvarez, obviously, represents the remaining one, and his arrival will undoubtedly be the biggest.

OK.. now back to my “night off.” This NBA game is getting good…

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