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Pirates call up outfielder Gorkys Hernandez; option Meek to Indianapolis

| Friday, May 18, 2012, 3:44 p.m.

DETROIT — Gorkys Hernandez was promoted Friday from Triple-A Indianapolis and entered the derby to replace recently demoted left fielder Alex Presley — or did he?

Manager Clint Hurdle wouldn't say how long Hernandez, rated as the team's best defensive outfield prospect, will stay in the majors.

“This might turn out to be a shorter look (for Hernandez),” Hurdle said. “But we're not cemented on that.”

Hernandez, 24, batted .266 with five doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 38 games with Indy this season.

• President Frank Coonelly agreed to a 12-month probationary sentence for a drunken driving charge as part of a program for first-time offenders. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert Gallo sentenced Coonelly, 52, in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The charges will be expunged after the probation is completed without further problems. Ross police arrested Coonelly on Dec. 22 near the Parkway North with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16, twice the legal limit.

• To clear a roster spot for Hernandez, reliever Evan Meek was sent back to Indy. Meek allowed three runs and two walks Wednesday against the Nationals.

— Rob Biertempfel and Bobby Kerlik

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