By Matt Snyder
Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata departed the game in the first inning Sunday after beating out a bunt for a hit. After stepping on the bag, he immediately pulled up lame and eventually had to be carted off the field with a left quad injury. He'll undergo further tests Monday. Though the severity of the injury is unknown, there's a good indication it's bad enough to land Tabata on the disabled list. That indication would be that outfielder Alex Presley was pulled out of the Triple-A Indianapolis lineup immediately after Tabata's injury (MLB.com via Twitter) -- which signals he'll be recalled as Tabata is placed on the DL.
Presley was hitting .336 with eight homers, 36 RBI, 52 runs, 18 steals and an .889 OPS in Triple-A.
Losing Tabata for a length of time would be a blow to the Pirates. They're right in the thick of the NL Central race as we near the season's halfway point and Tabata is their leadoff hitter. He entered Sunday with a .349 on-base percentage, 14 steals and 39 runs scored. If he's out for any length of time, some combination of Garrett Jones, Matt Diaz and Presley are likely the corner outfielders. The Pirates might have to do some lineup shuffling. There really isn't another good leadoff option, unless Clint Hurdle wants to just throw Presley in there.
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