Outfielder Tucker returns to Astros’ lineup

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With only three games remaining in Florida, outfielder Preston Tucker was finally in the lineup in a Grapefruit League game, batting eighth and playing right field Monday against the Cardinals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

“I think for him, getting the adrenaline going from the Major League pitching will be important,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “Three or four at-bats down in Minor League camp is different than a couple of at-bats in the big league game. We’ll know a bit more after tonight.”

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Tucker, who had surgery Sept. 21 on his left shoulder, has been playing in Minor League games on the back fields for about a week. He’s expected to start the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a procedure to repair the acromion, a bony projection on the shoulder blade.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Tucker said. “Honestly, I’m not really sure. That’s kind of the big test. You can only practice so much, and I think it’s going to be good to kind of get some of the rust off and get things going.”

Tucker said swinging the bat hasn’t been an issue for quite some time, but reaching out for a ball while playing the outfield has led to some soreness. He said not many balls have been hit to him during his innings on the Minor League side.

That’s probably more of a concern to me than swinging the bat,” he said. “I’m looking forward to hopefully getting some ABs in before we get the season going.”

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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