Jose Tabata Injury: Pirates Outfielder Returns From DL

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Jose Tabata Injury: Pirates Activate Outfielder From Disabled List

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata, who suffered a left quad strain on June 26 and has been on the disabled list since two days after that, has been activated by the team, according to Hardball Talk:

Tabata, who sat out the past seven weeks with a quadriceps injury, will resume starting in left field after hitting .265 with three homers, 14 steals and a .705 OPS in 71 games prior to the DL stint. He’s leading off for the Pirates tonight.

To make room on the 25-man roster for Tabata, the Pirates sent third baseman Pedro Alvarez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Alvarez, who was the Pirates’ first pick and second overall pick in the 2008 draft, has been up and down between Pittsburgh and the minors this year, and in the major leagues he has been a disappointment; since his latest recall on July 25 he is hitting just 12-for-69 (.174) with 25 strikeouts and four walks. Overall in the major leagues this season his triple-slash is an ugly .196/.264/.284 with just three home runs in 194 at-bats. It’s too early for the Bucs to give up on the 24-year-old Alvarez, but he’s been a disappointment given his high draft position.

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Jose Tabata Injury: Pirates Outfielder On DL With Quad Strain

On Sunday, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata legged out a bunt for an infield single. However, he then proceeded to fall to the ground and had to be carted off the field. He was diagnosed with a left quad strain, and on Tuesday, the Pirates have placed him on the disabled list.

The Pirates placed outfielder Jose Tabata on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, due to the left quadriceps strain he suffered in Sunday's loss to Boston. Taking Tabata's spot in left field against the Blue Jays on Tuesday will be Alex Presley, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

There's no indication just yet of how long Tabata will be out. The injury certainly didn't look good at the time. Tabata leaves behind a .705 OPS with 14 steals and a remarkably good K/BB for a player his age.

As for Alex Presley, the 25-year-old lefty hitting outfielder comes up from triple-A Indianapolis, where he owned an .889 OPS. He isn't thought of as a top prospect or impact player, but he runs very well and has a surprising amount of power, so as Jose Tabata replacements go, he's not bad.

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