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Jose Tabata out at least 10 days with fractured hand

Sep 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Jose Tabata‘s wrist had been bothering him since August 24, so the Pirates put him through some tests yesterday and discovered that the 22-year-old outfielder has “a small avulsion fracture on the dorsal side of the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.”

George Von Benko of reports that Tabata will miss at least 10 days and manager Clint Hurdle indicated that the Pirates won’t hesitate to keep him out of the lineup for longer than that if needed.

Tabata spent nearly two months on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, returning in mid-August and signing a contract extension that could keep him in Pittsburgh through 2019 just three days before first complaining about the wrist soreness. In between the injuries he’s hit .266 with a .349 on-base percentage and .362 slugging percentage in 91 games for a 30-point drop in OPS compared to his rookie season.

  1. dailyrev - Sep 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    The P’s and the Twins, most beatup teams this year (yeah, in more ways than one). Good news is that Ludwick comes off the DL, I think today in fact. I’m amazed they didn’t lose Cutch for longer than they did.

    And with all the hand injuries from pitches in this year, you’d think someone would come up with a solution. I’m thinking something wrapped around the wrist with a plastic or plasti-foam shield extending out and over the hand without quite contacting it– allows flexibility and protects at the same time, but it wouldn’t jut out any further toward the strike zone than those arm-wrap shields a lot of players already wear. The purist-traditionalist crowd would of course howl at such an invention, but the fact is, bone that’s been broken is vulnerable — especially small bones — and pitchers are throwing harder.

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