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The Pittsburgh Pirates got a boost yesterday when they activated Jose Tabata from the disabled list. The 24-year old outfielder has been on the DL since the end of May. He was battling a strained oblique, but Tabata has proven himself ready to return.
According to Steven Petrella of MLB.com, the Pirates optioned Brandon Cumpton to make room for Tabata on the 25-man roster. Tabata says he is feeling about 85%, so he hopes to continue to improve as he plays. The Pirates hope that along with his improved health, Tabata can continue to hit like he was prior to the injury - or better.
In 36 games leading up to his placement on the DL, Tabata was hitting .272/.337/.407. He is in his fourth Major League season. Overall, Tabata is a .271/.338/.375 hitter in his career. He has not been the explosive offensive threat the Pirates hoped he would be, but he has been plenty potent.
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With his help, the Pirates have run out to the best record in all of baseball. Their success has been based on a combination of offense and defense. Pittsburgh has been able to balance both sides of the ball better than most teams. Tabata's return could help solidify that.
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Jose Tabata has been activated from the DL. Photo Credit: David Hague
A few roster updates this afternoon:
**The Pirates have activated Jose Tabata from the disabled list. To make room they have optioned Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A.
**Phil Irwin had ulnar nerve transposition surgery on his right-elbow today. He is expected to miss approximately two months of action.
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TIME: 1:35 ET, PNC Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 79, partly cloudy
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