This is the second leg injury that Tabata has sustained this year, and manager Clint Hurdle said that, in retrospect, he felt Tabata came back too quickly the first time. The outfielder missed four games in the beginning of May with right hamstring tightness.
"We wanted to be smart for the club, smart for Jose," Hurdle said. "This way he's going to have time so that when he does return he'll be 100 percent healthy."
The Pirates anticipate that Tabata will be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break, which would mean he'd miss only 12 games. Once Tabata regains full movement, he will head out on a Minor League rehab assignment to get a dose of at-bats.
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"When I walk I feel tight," said Tabata, who was still walking with a limp on Tuesday. "I feel better. The trainers say it's better today because I can stretch today."
Pedro Alvarez has missed more than a month with the same injury, though Tabata said he's been told by the training staff that his strain is not as severe. Alex Presley, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, is expected to fill in as the team's leadoff hitter and left fielder during Tabata's absence.
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