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

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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 MLB.com, 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.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.