Preston Tucker didn’t have much time with the Astros during Spring Training. Tucker was still feeling the effects of a September shoulder surgery and got one game with the Astros during Spring Training, he went 0-for-2 against the Cardinals in Jupiter.
The next day, Astros announced on Tuesday that they had sent Tucker to Minor League camp.
The Astros optioned Preston Tucker to minor league camp.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) March 28, 2017
Tucker, 26, had a lost season last year with the lingering shoulder issues — batting .164 (22x134) in 48 games with the Astros. He proved to be a solid option off the bench in 2015, batting .243 (73x300) with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs.
Tucker’s place on the major league roster was taken by two additions this offseason, Nori Aoki and Carlos Beltran.
While the minor leagues isn't much better of a situation, the Triple-A team has a logjam at first base, designated hitter, and outfield. Tyler White, A.J. Reed, Jon Singleton, Jon Kimmer, Derek Fisher, and Teoscar Hernanez all need at-bats.
It will be interesting to see where Tucker goes from here. Anyone hoping to see Preston and Kyle Tucker on the field at the same time in majors might be out of luck.