Tucker (thumb) is starting Wednesday's game at Triple-A Indianapolis, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Tucker hurt his thumb while attempting to make a diving catch in the outfield July 21, and he'll return to action after missing a week. The 25-year-old has hit .221 with two homers, 18 runs, 10 RBI and five stolen bases in 34 games at Triple-A Indianapolis this year.
Tucker exited Wednesday's game at Triple-A Indianapolis with a right thumb injury, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Tucker attempted to make a diving catch in the outfield Wednesday, but he was shaken up on the play and removed from the contest. It's not yet clear whether the issue will force him to miss additional time.
Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Tucker joined the major-league roster July 6, and he went 1-for-6 with a strikeout across five appearances. He'll now return to the minors after Phillip Evans (concussion) was reinstated from the injured list Friday.
The Pirates recalled Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. The infielder went 2-for-15 in his first big-league stint of 2021. He hasn't hit too much better in Indianapolis, where he's posted a .214 average with two homers and 10 RBI in 112 at-bats this season. Tucker and fellow call-up Rodolfo Castro will fill the roster spots of Gregory Polanco (hip) and Phillip Evans (concussion).
Tucker (illness) returned to action over the weekend at Triple-A Indianapolis and made three consecutive starts at shortstop, going 1-for-11 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored across those contests. Tucker was withheld from the lineup for about a week and a half while he recovered from bronchitis. He appears to have since returned to full strength and should fill an everyday role at Triple-A until the Pirates have another need for an infielder at the big-league level.