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.

Nats players are fed up with their bullpen issues

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Tom Boswell of the Washington Post does frequent Q&As with readers and today he had quite the A to one of their Qs.

The question was about the Nats’ bullpen, which is obviously a glaring weakness on an otherwise excellent team. Following a long answer talking about the approach to bullpen construction, he dropped this:

On Friday, yet ANOTHER National simply walked up to me and said, “When the hell are they going to get this done? What are they waiting for? Waiting is just doing more damage.”

He didn’t even have to say what subject he was talking about or whom “they” were but it’s the bullpen and the Lerners.

A team has a problem when all a reporter has to do is say, “How’s it going?” and an established part of the team blasts the owners for not understanding what’s happening in their own dugout/clubhouse.

The Nats have a bit of a history venting to the Post’s reporters in ways a lot of players don’t vent, but that’s usually when things are going bad overall. These days, things are going pretty good for the Nats, the bum bullpen notwithstanding. I guess one weakness on an otherwise good team is annoying as hell.

But I guess now that they’re getting K-Rod, all of that will end.

The Nats are going to sign Francisco Rodriguez for some reason

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The Nationals bullpen is a tire fire. They’re about to add another tire. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Washington is about to sign free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

K-Rod was released by the Tigers last week after posting an ERA of 7.82 over 28 appearances this season. He has a 1.658 WHIP, is allowing 11.9 hits per nine innings and is posting his highest walk rate in five years. Also worth noting: the Detroit Friggin’ Tigers decided that he was not good enough to be in their bullpen.

So, yeah, good luck with that Washington.