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03/02/09 8:12 PM ET

Bucs get good news on Tabata

MRI reveals mild rotator cuff inflamation in right shoulder

BRADENTON, Fla. -- An MRI done on the right shoulder of outfielder Jose Tabata on Monday came back showing some mild rotator cuff inflammation, but no structural damage. The Pirates had Tabata undergo the medical exam after he alerted the Pirates' medical staff to some recent soreness in that shoulder.

General manager Neal Huntington said that Tabata will likely hold back from throwing for a week in order to let the inflammation subside. After a week, though, all current indications are that Tabata will be able to return to activities as tolerated.

Tabata was the marquee piece in last summer's trade that sent Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees. He quickly became one of the Pirates' top prospects and had already drawn unsolicited praise from manager John Russell this spring.

Tabata is 0-for-3 with three walks so far in Grapefruit League action.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.