ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 1: Alex Presley #7 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a shallow fly ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Above .500 and with an eye on making up ground on the NL Central leaders, the Pittsburgh Pirates head to Cincinnati for a three-game series with the Reds.
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Cincinnati for a three-game series with the NL Central Division leading Reds on Tuesday. The Bucs enter the series one game above .500 and in second place with a shot to make up some ground. The undefeated Brad Lincoln will take the ball for the first game of the series while Cincinnati will counter with Homer Bailey.
The Bucs will also be welcoming outfielder Alex Presley back to the club for the series. Reports surfaced late Monday night that Presley had been recalled. Colin Dunlap of 93.7 The Fan confirmed with a team source that Presley would be with the club for the start of the series on Tuesay. Via @Colin_Dunlap:
Team source w/ Pirates confirms Alex Presley expected to join club in Cincy for tomorrow. Unsure of corresponding move, but Presley on way.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) June 5, 2012
After going through a prolonged slump which reduced his playing time, Presley was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis in the middle of May. But it didn't take long for Presley to start hitting with the Indians and he was recalled after a little more than two weeks down in the minors.
The corresponding move with Presley's promotion is still unknown, but it's likely that either Gorkys Hernandez is sent back to AAA or perhaps the Bucs decide to DL Jose Tabata.
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