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Astros outfielder Preston Tucker has season-ending surgery

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The Astros lose another reinforcement bat for the Wild Card run.

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Houston Astros outfielder Preston Tucker hasn’t played a game since Aug. 11. He has dealt with a strained right shoulder that now appears to be the reason he’ll be out for the remainder of the season

MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart has reported that Tucker to have surgery on said shoulder that will keep him out until Spring Training.

Tucker, 26, is batted .164 (22x134) with four home runs and eight RBIs in 48 games with the Astros. Tucker struggled to find consistent playing time after starting as the Opening Day designated hitter in 2016.

Tucker burst onto the scene with 19 doubles and 13 home runs in 98 games during the Astros’ 2015 run to the playoffs.

The operation will repair the acromion part of the shoulder, which is a small bone that wraps over the muscle joint.

Tucker will still be an interesting piece for future Astros lineup with the future of Colby Rasmus up in the air.