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Postgame: Tabata up and limping

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Jose Tabata was limping, but he walked out of the Pirates’ clubhouse under his own power after today’s 4-2 loss against the Red Sox. A team source told me that the early indications are Tabata will certainly have to miss at least a couple of games, but might be able to return to the lineup by week’s end.

Tabata injured his left quadriceps while running out a bunt single in the first inning. He limped a few steps past the bag, then collapsed. After being examined briefly by head athletic trainer Brad Henderson, Tabata was taken off the field on a motorized cart.

Tabata will be re-examined Monday to determine the severity of the injury. It’s possible the injury is worse than thought after the first diagnosis. It’s also a tricky injury, one that’s easy to reinjury — just look at what’s happened to Pedro Alvarez, who’s been down since May 19 after straining, and then re-tweaking, his right quad.

Even if Tabata does not have to go on the disabled list, help is on the way from Triple-A Indianapolis. Before the game, the Pirates had already decided to promote outfielder Alex Presley for the three-game, interleague series in Toronto, which begins Tuesday. Pedro Ciriaco is the top candidate to head back to Indy when Presley is recalled.

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