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Jose Tabata cleared to resume hitting following broken bone in hand

Dec 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

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According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Jose Tabata was cleared to resume hitting last week after being shut down in September due to a broken bone in his left hand.

Tabata received clearance from doctors while he was in Pittsburgh for the Pirates’ caravan and PirateFest events and immediately began hitting in the indoor cage.

“I was a little nervous because I wanted to feel good,” Tabata said. “Now, I am feeling pretty good. I’m ready to roll.”

Tabata also dealt with quad and hamstring injuries this past season, batting .266/.349/.362 with four home runs, 21 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .711 OPS over 382 plate appearances. The speedy 23-year-old agreed to a long-term contract with the Pirates in August which could keep him with the club through 2019.

The Pirates brought former All-Star Nate McLouth back on a one-year deal earlier this month, but they currently project to have Tabata, Andrew McCutchen and Alex Presley in their starting outfield next season.

  1. heyzeus143 - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    the pirates suck and always will

  2. hushbrother - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Why did by sign this guy through 2019, again? And why was it a higher priority to lock him up than McCutchen?

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