He safely in seven of his last eight Triple-A games (13-for-30, .433) and in 12 of his last 16 (22-for-62, .355).
The Pirates have also recalled infielder Clint Barmes from his injury rehab assignment and have reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. Barmes has been on the D.L. since 7/6 (retro to 6/30) with a left groin strain.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Tabata, infielder Jayson Nix has been designated for assignment.