WASHINGTON -- Jose Tabata, who came out of his Major League debut Wednesday night with a cramp in his right hamstring, is fine and back in the lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Nationals.

The left fielder will bat in the leadoff spot for the second consecutive day. He went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored plus a stolen base in his first game, a 7-5 loss to Washington, before the hamstring bothered Tabata on his final at-bat.

The 21-year-old rookie tested the leg and got treatment Thursday. Tabata told manager John Russell he was ready to go.

"Jose came out, ran around and said he felt good," said Russell. "That's good news. When I saw him walking on the field last night, I was a little anxious. I think he's relieved as well."

"It's a little tight, but I'm good," Tabata said before batting practice. "It's a little tight, but I can play like that. [I] feel good."

Doumit returns to field, but at first base

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Doumit returns to the lineup for Thursday's game -- but not in his usual place.

Doumit has made all 45 of his starts at catcher, but after missing the past three games with concussion-like symptoms after a ball hit him in the mask, Pirates manager John Russell put him at first base for the first time since May 14, 2007.

"Ryan was cleared to play," Russell said. "I think we're still going to be a little cautious with it and not get him behind the plate for a few more days. I'd hate for him to catch another foul tip this quickly."

Russell said Doumit might catch Sunday in Detroit, but that they'll err on the side of caution and take things slow. A former catcher himself, Russell understands what Doumit is going through.

"I know the risk," Russell said. "I don't want to set him back."

Lincoln also a big hit with bat in debut

WASHINGTON -- Former first-round pick Brad Lincoln made his Major League debut Wednesday, giving up five runs in six innings in the loss to Washington, but the right-hander also showed he knows how to handle a bat.

He went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Lincoln got two singles, the second of which tied the game at 5 in the fifth inning. Most of the postgame questions were about his pitching, but the hitting also drew some attention since he did so well.

"That's a bonus," Lincoln said with a smile.

Lincoln went 3-for-9 (.333) with two doubles this season at Triple-A Indianapolis. He's hit well throughout his career. He was picked fourth in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, but the previous summer, Lincoln had a 3-1 record as pitcher and six homers plus 25 RBI as a batter.

The right-hander had a 19-11 career record in college at the University of Houston. But Lincoln also had a .295 career batting average.