Tucker was recalled by the Astros on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. With A.J. Reed being sent down earlier Thursday without a corresponding move, there was speculation that the Astos were going to promote top prospect Alex Bregman. However, it's Tucker who will be joining the Astros for their weekend series against the Angels. Tucker struggled mightily with the Astros before being sent down in mid-May, slashing .176/.213/.353, but he turned things around a good bit down at Triple-A Fresno by compiling a .306/.354/.519 slash line to go with eight home runs and 14 doubles. He'll add depth to both corner outfield spots and at DH while with the Astros.
Tucker is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox. Tucker will sit out Thursday for the second day in a row with the Astros employing a righty-heavy lineup against Red Sox starter David Price. Tyler White will serve as the Astros' designated hitter Thursday.
Tucker is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians. Tucker gets the day off Wednesday after his 0-for-3 performance in Tuesday's contest dropped his batting average on the season to .194. George Springer will serve as the DH against Danny Salazar while Jake Marisnick takes over in right field Wednesday.
Tucker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Tucker looks to be in line for more action at DH of late with Evan Gattis recently getting assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi to get some reps in at catcher, but the 25-year-old will be limited to a bench role Sunday. The Astros will deploy usual first baseman Tyler White at DH, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to pick up another start at first base.
Tucker hit his third home run, a solo shot off Jose Berrios, in Monday's loss to the Twins. Tucker continues to be a one-tool player, showing plenty of power but little else. Seven of his Tucker's 11 hits have been extra-base hits, but he has a brutal 29.3 percent strikeout rate and has drawn three walks, leading to his poor overall batting line of .200/.241/.436.