05/01/11 3:10 PM ET
Hamstring should only cost Tabata two games
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
The outfielder reported feeling 95 percent healthy on Sunday morning, and his level of activity suggested nothing different. Tabata spent time working out on a stationary bike, and walked without any noticeable issue.
"I feel better," Tabata said. "I want to be 100 percent to continue to play."
Tabata described the injury, which he sustained running out a ground ball on Saturday, as a cramp. He's familiar with the feeling, too, as cramping in his legs has plagued Tabata before. He had similar issues in the Minors, and Tabata also came out of his Major League debut against the Nationals last season with cramping in his right hamstring.
Rockies shift not affecting Jones' approach
DENVER -- It's been two seasons since Garrett Jones saw an opposing club utilize the same exaggerated infield shift the Rockies have employed against the outfielder this year.
"I remember seeing [shortstop Troy Tulowitzki] run over there," Jones joked before Sunday's game. "I was like, 'Where are you going?'"
In the first two games of the series, Tulowitzki positioned himself just to the right of second base when Jones came to the plate. That has left the Rockies' third baseman alone to cover the left side of the infield. Colorado used the same shift during the club's four-game series at PNC Park in early April.
The Rockies did not, for whatever reason, use the shift in Jones' first plate appearance on Sunday.
Though the '09 Brewers were the only other team Jones remembered using a similar shift, the Rockies' defensive plan is all about playing a numbers game. Of the 51 balls Jones has put in play this year, 43 of them have been pulled or hit up the middle. Jones has just three hits to left field.
The shift appeared to cost Jones a sixth-inning single on Saturday. Still, he insisted that he is making every effort not to let the defense dictate his swing or get into his head. That advice came from Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who routinely hits with a similar shift.
"I asked him, 'Do you change your swing?'" Jones said. "He said that somebody told him not to change your swing, and not to think about it. If you hit the ball hard and hit a line drive, it's going to get through. That's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to hit the ball where it's pitched. When you see a big shift like that, you don't want to guide the ball over there. You want to still try and hit something hard."
After going 0-for-10 when the Rockies visited Pittsburgh last month, Jones had three hits in eight at-bats to begin this series.
DENVER -- Ross Ohlendorf (right shoulder posterior strain) will throw live batting practice in San Diego on Tuesday. Ohlendorf, who has had no setbacks in his rehab work, will likely throw two sessions of live batting practice before being sent out for a Minor League rehab assignment.
Outfielder Alex Presley was named Triple-A Indianapolis' player of the month for April. Presley finished 30-for-90 with 13 runs scored and five stolen bases. He reached base safely in 20 of the 24 games he played.
Xavier Paul made his first start for the Pirates on Sunday, taking Jose Tabata's place in left field. Paul had started two games for the Dodgers earlier this season.
Righty Jose Ascanio (right shoulder surgery) made another rehab appearance -- his fourth with Triple-A Indianapolis -- on Friday. He allowed two hits while pitching a scoreless inning.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.