Tabata Back In The Saddle

Tabata is starting to play more in the outfield

Jose Tabata, the 18-year old Yankees' outfield phenom, missed seven games earlier this month as he was nursing a sore hamstring before returning to the lineup on Monday. He has played in 54 of the Tampa Yankees' 66 games.

"I just didn't stretch enough," Jose Tabata said of his hamstring soreness through the help of fellow teammate Mario Holmann. "I tried to run too fast and then I felt pain in my leg."

Tabata was placed on the disabled list for precautionary reasons, but as of right now he is back in game shape. He has no restrictions on any part of his running game.

"I feel good," he said. "I am at 100 percent."

When he came off the disabled list on June 11th, he was penciled in the lineup as the designated hitter.

"I think I will be starting [more] in the outfield," Tabata said when asked if he will be seeing more time at designated hitter just to be cautious. "I don't know, but I am ready to play."

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