Tabata, Lincoln arrive


WASHINGTON — The Pirates on Tuesday got a close-up look at the buzz — and the impact — a talented rookie can have on a team.

Today, the Pirates will try to do the same thing.

After losing 5-2 against the Washington Nationals and pitching prodigy Stephen Strasburg, the Pirates called up two of their top prospects — outfielder Jose Tabata and right-hander Brad Lincoln.

Both players will be in the lineup Wednesday night against the Nationals.

After Tuesday’s game, first baseman Jeff Clement, a disappointing hitter on a low-wattage offense, was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Reliever Jack Taschner was designated for assignment.

In 45 games, Clement hit .189 with five homers and nine RBI.

“Jeff needs to go play,” manager John Russell said. “He needs to get quality, everyday at-bats.”

At Indy, Tabata hit .308 with three homers, 18 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

Management hopes Tabata can boost an offense which ranks among the worst in the majors.

The Pirates’ bench is thin, too. Tuesday, they were without catcher Ryan Doumit (concussion) and infielder Bobby Crosby (stomach virus).