Pirates notebook: Jose Tabata passes all concussion tests after hitting wall

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Jose Tabata did not get a concussion when he collided with the outfield wall Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle said, and was available off the bench for the game Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tabata passed concussion tests, Hurdle said.

"He ran on the field, went in the cage, reflexes, all different activities that we could run him through," he said.

Tabata ran toward the wall to catch a line drive at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. After making the catch, he hit the left-field wall with his left shoulder. He said Thursday his head hit the wall after his shoulder.

Tabata said he does not remember much after the collision, but other than some shoulder soreness, he felt good Thursday.

The concussion tests were part of a protocol instituted in 2011 that mandated baseline testing for all players and changed the guidelines for treatment and return to play of concussed players. Major League Baseball also created a seven-day disabled list specifically for players with concussions, in addition to the regular 15- and 60-day disabled lists.

Keeping focus on themselves

During the three-game sweep of the Pirates last weekend, the Brewers held the Pirates to a total of five runs. Before the four-game series at PNC Park started Thursday night, Hurdle said he was more concerned with his own team's actions rather than what the Brewers did.

"We're aware of what they do, we were aware going in," Hurdle said. "We've got to nail our execution opportunities better. We just got to refresh ourselves with the personnel, basically."

The Brewers entered this series with a 2.17 staff ERA, the best in the major leagues.

"They weren't healthy last year," Hurdle said. "Truth be told, they weren't healthy. They added two starting pitchers. Their bullpen's come out of the chute throwing blanks."

The return of Ryan Braun, who missed the final 65 games of last season while he served a suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, has helped. Braun, who moved from left field to right this season, had three homers and two steals in his first 13 games despite dealing with a nerve issue in his right thumb.

"We've got to stay focused on what we can do better, how we can play more consistently more than revisiting what the Brewers brought or what they showed us," Hurdle said.

Overbay on paternity list

Before the game, the Brewers placed first baseman Lyle Overbay on the paternity list and recalled utilityman Elian Herrera from Class AAA Nashville. Overbay's fifth child was born Thursday.

Overbay, a former Pirate, and Mark Reynolds have been splitting time at first base for the Brewers.

Upturn for Lambo

First baseman Andrew Lambo, a candidate to make the active roster who was sent to Class AAA Indianapolis after a rough spring, has started well in the minors this season. Through his first 10 games, Lambo hit .324 with three doubles and more walks than strikeouts.

Buried treasure

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, 50-6 in a 21-year career interrupted by a prison sentence, threw out the first pitch Thursday night before the game. Tyson is in town promoting a fight card.

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and Twitter @BrinkPG.

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