CINCINNATI -- On Tuesday the Pirates recalled outfielder Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to their Triple-A affiliate.
Presley, the Pirates' Opening Day starter in left field, was optioned to Indy on May 16 when his average dipped to .220 after 34 games. The 26-year old spent less than three weeks at Triple-A where he hit .277 with five home runs and 14 RBIs.
"Timing was a big thing for me, that was the key," Presley said. "Pitch selection came together with my rhythm, my hands, seeing the ball on time. Everything just kind of came together."
Presley started in left field and was back in the leadoff spot for Tuesday night's series opener against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
"We need some juice at the top," said Hurdle. "We're hoping Alex can come back and give us a little shot in the arm. He's been swinging at strikes. His hands are in the right place. The reports have been positive."
Hernandez went 2-for-10 with two RBIs in nine games since being recalled from Triple-A on May 18. The Pirates might've considered placing Jose Tabata on the disabled list to make room for Presley. But Tabata's leg soreness has improved to the point where he was available to pinch-hit on Tuesday.
"It's much better," Hurdle said. "He's in the training room just getting maintenance work on it right now. As far as being able to physically play, absolutely."