Jose Tabata’s wrist had been bothering him since August 24, so the Pirates put him through some tests yesterday and discovered that the 22-year-old outfielder has “a small avulsion fracture on the dorsal side of the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.”
George Von Benko of MLB.com reports that Tabata will miss at least 10 days and manager Clint Hurdle indicated that the Pirates won’t hesitate to keep him out of the lineup for longer than that if needed.
Tabata spent nearly two months on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, returning in mid-August and signing a contract extension that could keep him in Pittsburgh through 2019 just three days before first complaining about the wrist soreness. In between the injuries he’s hit .266 with a .349 on-base percentage and .362 slugging percentage in 91 games for a 30-point drop in OPS compared to his rookie season.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.