Tucker (shoulder) is slated for his first at-bats of the spring in minor league games this week, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Astros have taken it slowly with Tucker who spent the entire offseason rehabbing from September shoulder surgery. The delay caused by his shoulder puts Tucker in line to begin the season in the minors, though with Houston's well-stocked outfield, even a healthy Tucker would have started at Triple-A Fresno.

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