While the injury also causes Tabata pain when he grips a bat, he entered the ninth inning of Thursday's game in Washinton as a pinch-hitter and struck out. He wore an air splint on his right forearm during the at-bat.
Despite Tabata's strikeout, Hurdle was encouraged by the 24-year-old's performance.
"I thought he made a pretty good stride [Thursday], getting enough flexibility back and enough strength back to swing the bat," Hurdle said. "He took some aggressive swings early. He took batting practice."
Tabata is batting .272 with two home runs, 12 RBIs, 15 runs scored and a .340 on-base percentage in 153 plate appearances.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.