Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 1 week ago

Tabata connected for a pinch-hit single in his season debut Tuesday against the Twins.

Fantasy owners might expect more singles and a batting average around .270 if Tabata finds his way into the starting lineup -- something which could happen given Gregory Polanco's struggles. The Pirates have unsuccessfully tried to move his salary -- a combined $8.75 million due in the next two seasons -- and could boost Tabata's playing time to help improve his stock.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 1 week ago

Tabata was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.

Tabata is having a strong season for Triple-A Indianapolis, sporting a .352/.422/.396 triple-slash line through 28 games, on the strength of an 8:11 K:BB ratio. Still, he offers little in the way of power, and he'll likely just provide the Pirates with outfield depth and speed off the bench.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

Tabata was reassigned to the Pirates' minor-league camp Friday, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.

As a non-roster player, Tabata didn't have very realistic chances of sticking with the Pirates as a reserve outfielder. Though the speed he showed in the minors once gave hope that Tabata would settle into an everyday role in the majors, the Pirates likely aren't counting on him as anything more than organizational depth at this point.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

Tabata (ankle) took part in Friday's spring training game, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

Tabata left the field on a cart earlier this week and was diagnosed with an ankle bruise. He was seen walking with a limp Thursday but his condition has apparently improved, as he's healthy enough to return to game action.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

A day after getting hit by a pitch, Tabata (ankle) walked with a pronounced limp Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Initially, it appeared as though the outfielder avoided serious injury. It's difficult to say how much time Tabata might miss, but the team will likely keep him out of action for more than a couple days.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

X-Rays on Tabata (ankle) have come back negative, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Tabata left Wednesday's game with what was originally described as lower body soreness, something that was likely the effect of him fouling a ball off his ankle. He shouldn't be poised for an extended absence, but if he has to miss a few days, the team's depth at outfield will be temporarily hampered.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

Tabata left Wednesday's game with lower-body soreness, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Travis Sawchik reports.

Tabata was carted back to the clubhouse after fouling a ball off the inside of his left ankle in Wednesday's spring training game. Andrew Lambo seems to be well-positioned to win the fourth outfielder job out of camp, which would send Tabata to Triple-A to start the season.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 3 months ago

Tabata, who has just 17 career homers in 1724 career plate appearances, worked on a power stroke in the Mexican League over the winter, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle said that it will take time for Tabata -- who spoke with Marlon Byrd about the change in his swing -- to feel comfortable with his new approach. "We've talked to Jose about putting more leverage in his swing," Hurdle said. "He worked very hard with that through the winter. He's shown a liking for it." Tabata has mostly struggled since his rookie season in 2010, but since he's already signed for the next two seasons to a guaranteed contract Pittsburgh is looking to get something out of its investment. Tabata is not a lock to make the Bucs out of spring training.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 8 months ago

Tabata has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Tabata was designated for assignment by the Pirates last week, but will remain in the organization after passing through waivers unclaimed. The two years remaining on his contract likely had a lot to do with other teams passing on the 26-year-old, who hit .282/.314/.333 with seven extra-base hits and one stolen base in 80 games with the big club this season.

Jose Tabata LF/RF PIT 8 months ago

The Pirates designated Tabata for assignment Friday.

Tabata hit .282 in 80 games with the big club this season, but it was a shallow average, as just seven of his 49 hits went for extra bases and he walked all of seven times in 186 plate appearances. Moreover, he stole just one base in three attempts with the big club, and was also 1-for-3 on the basepaths in 39 games at Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates were high enough on Tabata in 2011 to ink him to a six-year extension, but three years later and his luster has all but worn off, though another team may be inclined to take a flier on the 26-year-old.