The Pirates recalled outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday and optioned right-hander Evan Meek to their top affiliate.
Hernandez, who will be making his Major League debut, hit .266 with five doubles, two homers and 14 RBIs in 38 games with Indianapolis this year. He was originally signed by the Tigers as a Minor League free agent in 2005, but was traded to the Braves in '07 in the deal that also sent Jair Jurrjens to Atlanta in exchange for Edgar Renteria.
Hernandez was acquired by Pittsburgh from Atlanta, along with Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke, in exchange for outfielder Nate McLouth on June 3, 2009.
Meek, 29, is in his fifth season with the Pirates and has a 7.59 ERA through 10 games (10 2/3 innings) out of the bullpen this year. He was a 2010 National League All-Star.
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