According to both Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Gregory Polanco back to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.
This is expected to be a temporary move for the Dominican Republic native with rosters expanding on Monday, Sept. 1. Polanco was hitting .347 in 62 games prior to being called up by the Jolly Roger crew.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound outfielder is hitting .241 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 64 games with the Bucs.
However, over the last 40 games, Polanco has hit just .204 with three home runs. He has been left off of Clint Hurdle‘s lineup card several times over the past week in favor of Travis Snider in right field.
Polanco, who will turn 23 in September, was signed by Pirates scouts Rene Gayo and Ellis Pena as an international free agent on April 11, 2009.
UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Pirates confirmed on their Twitter account that they have selected the contract of Jose Tabata after having optioned Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis.
The Venezuelan outfielder, 26, is hitting .368 in his last 10 games with the Indians.
The Bucs also recalled shortstop Clint Barmes and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list, while second baseman Jayson Nix has been designated for assignment.