The Pirates were hopeful that Jose Tabata would be able to play again this season after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his right hand earlier this month, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports they have decided to shut him down.
Tabata originally felt pain in his wrist back on August 24. When he was diagnosed with the fracture on August 6, the plan was for him to reevaluated after 10 days. He hadn’t swung a bat as of Tuesday, so with the Pirates out of the race, there was little to be gained by rushing him back.
Limited to just 91 games this season, Tabata batted .266/.349/.362 with four home runs, 21 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .711 OPS over 382 plate appearances. The 23-year-old outfielder agreed to a contract extension in August which could keep him with the Pirates through 2019.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.