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Tabata back after tweaking hamstring

Tabata back after tweaking hamstring

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WASHINGTON -- Jose Tabata, who came out of his Major League debut Wednesday night with a cramp in his right hamstring, is fine and back in the lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Nationals.

The left fielder will bat in the leadoff spot for the second consecutive day. He went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored plus a stolen base in his first game, a 7-5 loss to Washington, before the hamstring bothered Tabata on his final at-bat.

The 21-year-old rookie tested the leg and got treatment Thursday. Tabata told manager John Russell he was ready to go.

"Jose came out, ran around and said he felt good," said Russell. "That's good news. When I saw him walking on the field last night, I was a little anxious. I think he's relieved as well."

"It's a little tight, but I'm good," Tabata said before batting practice. "It's a little tight, but I can play like that. [I] feel good."

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