Astros option Tucker to Minor League camp

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — After getting a pair of at-bats in his first Grapefruit League game of the season on Monday night, Astros outfielder Preston Tucker was optioned to Minor League camp on Tuesday. The move leaves the Astros with 33 players in camp, though the 25-man roster is all but set.

Tucker, who had surgery Sept. 21 on his right shoulder, had been playing in Minor League games on the back fields for about a week before starting in right field Monday and playing five innings. He’s recovering from a procedure to repair the acromion, a bony projection on the shoulder blade.

Tucker was on the Astros’ Opening Day roster last year before being optioned to Triple-A Fresno in mid-May after batting just .176. He returned in July, but he couldn’t find a rhythm at the plate. He was placed on the disabled list in August with a strained right shoulder, and he never made it through a rehab outing a few weeks later.

Tucker hit .243 with 13 homers and 33 RBIs in 98 games as a rookie in 2015.

The only roster decision looming for the Astros is the final bullpen spot, which is between James Hoyt and Jandel Gustave. Several other players who are still in camp have been told they’re not going to make the club: outfielder Derek Fisher, infielders Reid Brignac and J.D. Davis, catcher Juan Centeno and pitchers Dayan Diaz. Right-handers Collin McHugh and David Paulino will start the year on the disabled list because of a bone bruise.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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