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Tabata available one day after crashing into wall

PITTSBURGH -- Jose Tabata started in left field Wednesday and batted leadoff in place of struggling Starling Marte, but Tabata left the game in the fifth inning after injuring himself crashing into the left-field wall while making a sensational catch on catcher Brayan Pena's line drive.

Tabata, who experienced mild concussion-like symptoms, walked off the field with assistance from manager Clint Hurdle and trainer Todd Tomczyk. It was feared that Tabata might miss some time with a concussion, but that is not the case.

"He does not have a concussion," Hurdle said. "He went through a battery of tests today starting with the doctor. They do the concussion test, the computer test, he passed that. He ran on the field, went in the cage, reflexes, all the different activities that we could run him through, and he's going to be available off the bench."

George Von Benko is a contributor to
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