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Pirates Moving Tabata To RF?

By: Mike Vukovcan
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Pittsburgh (KDKA)- When Jose Tabata is activated from the disabled list, will he be moved to a different position?

Tabata, who’s currently rehabbing with AAA Indianapolis, will play right field tonight for the Indians.

Tabata has never played right field at PNC Park before, though he played the position extensively in the Minors.

It appears as though manager Clint Hurdle is envisioning a speedy outfield of Alex Presley in left, Andrew McCutchen in center and Tabata in right.

Tabata has been on the disabled list with a left quad strain since June 28.

Presley, who’s rehabbing with Class A Bradenton, has been sidelined with a left hand contusion.

Here’s a look at what the Pirates lineup could look like when both players are activated.

Presley, LF
Tabata, RF
McCutchen, CF
Lee, 1B
Walker, 2B
Alvarez, 3B
Cedeno, SS
McKenry/Doumit, C

One potential problem is where does Ryan Ludwick fit into the outfield rotation?

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