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Jose Tabata out “a couple of days” with hamstring tightness

Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 17: Jose Tabata #31 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after a home run in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 17, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates won 7-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata was forced from Saturday’s game in the first inning after pulling up lame while attempting to beat out a groundball.

He was diagnosed only with right hamstring tightness, not a strain, but that tightness is going to keep the outfielder sidelined for the next few games.

According to Jenifer Langosch of, Bucs manager Clint Hurdle said late Saturday night that Tabata will sit out for “a couple of days” to allow his hamstring ample time to heal. Matt Diaz came on to play left field in the first inning of Saturday’s game and could start there both Sunday against the Rockies and Monday in the Pirates’ series-opener against the Padres.

Tabata, 22, is batting .242/.333/.384 with three home runs and six RBI through 115 plate appearances this season. The young speedster has been successful on nine of his 10 stolen base attempts.