Jose Tabata will be given the chance to play right field every day. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Jose Tabata is starting in right field Wednesday night as the Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The outfielder returned to the 25-man roster today after his nine-game rehabilitation (oblique) with Triple-A Indianapolis.
“It’s a little tight sometimes, especially when I wake up in the morning,” Tabata said. “After that, I feel great… I’m here today. Thank you, God.”
His first matchup is against left-hander John Lannan in place of Travis Snider. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tabata has the chance to take away any worries about the team’s production in right field.
“He could definitely be that guy,” Hurdle said. “We’re gonna give him every opportunity to play, to get out there. He was working to a very good spot before the injury.”
Indeed, Tabata hit .340 with a .920 OPS over a month of games before his injury, and his season numbers in a small sample (.272/.337/.407) resembled