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Saturday, July 16, 2011

HOUSTON — Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata felt tightness in his sore quadriceps as he rounded a base Thursday night and had to leave the game early during his rehab assignment with Single-A Bradenton. He did not play Friday and is out indefinitely.

"They're going to re-evaluate (today)," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He didn't want to push it right now. All the tests came back pretty good. There wasn't a re-injury type thing. For a young player whose game is dictated by speed, it was smarter backing away from the flame right there than trying to push through it."

» Hurdle said the Pirates will be buyers at the trade deadline.

"We're actively looking to add in a couple different areas," Hurdle said. "Our scouts are out, watching teams play for four or five days to get a better handle on some of the players and pitchers we've identified. This is a new experience for a lot of them — guys who have been in the organization for a long time -- to be asked to go out and look for good fits."

» Shortstop Ronny Cedeno (concussion) is fielding grounders and taking batting practice. He is expected to leave Sunday to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. "I feel ready," he said.

» The Pirates inquired about right-hander Kevin Slowey, who is on a rehab assignment with the Minnesota Twins' Triple-A affiliate. Slowey, an Upper St. Clair native, is on the disabled list with an abdominal strain. He was on the DL earlier this season with a sore shoulder. Slowey, 27, was in the Twins' starting rotation the past three seasons but this year was moved to the bullpen.

» Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel was activated from the disabled list yesterday after rehab stints with Bradenton and Double-A Altoona.

"It was a long process," said Beimel, who had been out since May 28 with elbow inflammation.

» Reliever Evan Meek (shoulder) began a throwing program Wednesday at Pirate City in Bradenton.

» Lefty Donnie Veal went on the DL at Indy with arm fatigue. He had Tommy John surgery in June 2010.

» According to Baseball America, the Pirates have paid the highest signing bonuses this year for players drafted in the fourth and eighth rounds. High school right-hander Colten Brewer, a fourth-rounder, got $240,000. Jason Creasy, a high school righty chosen in the eighth round, signed for $250,000.

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