Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Corey Dickerson (shoulder) and Jung Ho Kang (side) returned from the 10-day injured list Saturday, leaving Tucker as the odd man out. The move isn't completely surprising, as Tucker struggled with a slash line of .196/.244/.321 and a 28.3 percent strikeout rate in 38 games. Kevin Newman has been much more productive to begin the year and should see the majority of the work at shortstop going forward.
Tucker will start at shortstop and bat seventh Tuesday against Atlanta.
He's off to a rough start offensively (.190/.227/.305) but is hitting .333 in his last 21 at-bats. Tucker has struggled out of the No. 8 spot with a .099 batting average in 71 at-bats, but is hitting .383 (13-for-34) anywhere else in the lineup. The shortstop is slated to hit seventh against Max Fried and the Braves on Tuesday. He's started only three of eight games during his recent hot stretch due to the improved play of fellow infielder Kevin Newman. Newman is set to play third base Tuesday.
Tucker is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.
Tucker had started the Pirates' last two games, but that was likely a result of second baseman Adam Frazier being unavailable due to a foot injury. With Frazier cleared to start in the series finale, Kevin Newman will shift over to the other middle-infield spot, leaving no room for Tucker. The rookie is hitting a woeful .097/.138/.161 in May and could soon be headed back to the minors.
Tucker is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Tucker will hit the bench for the third time in five games while Kevin Newman steps in as the Pirates' starting shortstop. Though 18 games in May, Tucker has gone 5-for-52 (.096 average) while striking out in 28.6 percent of his plate appearances. The 22-year-old's recent downturn in playing time could be a precursor to an eventual demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Tucker is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The rookie will head to the bench for the second straight day, affording Kevin Newman another turn at shortstop. Tucker is hitting an anemic .091/.149/.159 through 16 games in May, and the back-to-back benchings could signal that the Pirates are preparing to pull the plug on him as an everyday player.
Tucker is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.
Tucker's glove is ready for the majors, but his bat might not be. He is hitting .091 with a 31.3 percent strikeout rate in 44 at-bats this month. Kevin Newman will start at shortstop and hit eighth.
Tucker is not in the lineup Saturday against the Padres.
The rookie's .178/.231/.301 line through 24 games may not be enough to keep him in the lineup on a regular basis, as he sits for the second time in three games. Kevin Newman starts again at shortstop.
Tucker is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
Tucker has started all but two games this month, going just 3-for-33 (.091) with a homer and 11 strikeouts during that stretch. Kevin Newman is starting at shortstop and hitting eighth in this one.
Tucker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 6-2 victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
The homer was a feel-good moment for Tucker, who is from the Phoenix area and was playing in front of his family. This was Tucker's first home run and RBI since his debut April 20. Unfortunately, he's largely struggled since then, and he's hitting just .100 in May. But the Pirates don't have a whole lot of other options at shortstop, so Tucker will probably keep seeing playing time. He's hitting .182 with five extra-base hits, four RBI and seven runs in 66 at-bats.
Tucker is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
Tucker had started all but one game since making his big-league debut April 20, but he will sit for the second time Saturday. Since homering and knocking in two runs in his first MLB game, Tucker has not registered another tally in either category and has just 10 hits over 17 games. Kevin Newman will start at shortstop in Tucker's place.
Tucker went 0-for-2 against St. Louis on Thursday, dropping his batting average to .189 in 53 at-bats.
He holds a 3:19 BB:K and has looked overmatched at the plate. Tucker has provided stellar defense, but the team needs at least a modicum of offense for him to continue seeing playing time. With Kevin Newman playing well over the last week, the Pirates wouldn't surprise us if they move Tucker to the the bench more frequently or even back to Triple-A Indianapolis. He still has a bright future, but he's mostly struggled since hitting a home run in his MLB debut.
Tucker isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Rangers.
Tucker has been scuffling at the plate over his past four games (1-for-12), so he'll get the day off. Kevin Newman enters the lineup at shortstop and will hit eighth in Tucker's stead.
Tucker collected two hits in five at-bats against the Rangers on Tuesday. He also scored one run.
The rookie is batting .250 in 36 at-bats with a 2:12 BB:K and has started 10 straight games since his recall. His fantasy calling card is stolen bases, but he's yet to swipe his first bag. After leading off in his first two games, he's batted eighth or ninth six times. Tucker hasn't driven in a run, either, but his defense is very good and he'll likely see steady playing time for the foreseeable future.
Tucker will start at shortstop and serve as the Pirates' leadoff man Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
The Pirates deployed Tucker as their leadoff hitter in his first two big-league starts over the weekend, but both of those assignments came while typical table setter Adam Frazier sat out with a back injury. Frazier has since returned to action and will merely be receiving Thursday off for rest purposes, so Tucker's move atop the lineup once again appears to be a temporary arrangement.
Tucker went 0-for-3 against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
He has two hits (both doubles) in his last 10 at-bats after belting a homer in his debut. In a somewhat surprising move, Tucker was pinch hit for by Jung Ho Kang with two outs and the tying runner on second base. The switch-hitting shortstop, who averaged 22 steals in the minors, is still looking for his first stolen base at the major-league level.
Tucker went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Giants.
His fifth-inning shot off Derek Holland ended up effectively being a walkoff homer when the game was called due to rain before the sixth inning was completed. Tucker hit leadoff in his MLB debut, and while he might not keep that spot in the lineup once the Bucs' battered outfield gets healthy, the 22-year-old has a top-of-the-order skill set, posting a .415 on-base percentage and five steals in six attempts in 13 games at Triple-A before his promotion.
Tucker is leading off in his major-league debut Saturday against San Francisco.
Tucker appears to be stepping right into an important role in the Pirates' offense. Assuming he makes a good first impression, Erik Gonzalez (arm) and Kevin Newman (finger) aren't likely to pose serious threats to his playing time once they return from the injured list.
The Pirates recalled Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Tucker's promotion to the big club is now official after multiple Pirates beat writers relayed the news earlier in the day. Pittsburgh also selected the contract of outfielder Bryan Reynolds from Indianapolis, and the prevailing assumption is that Erik Gonzalez (arm) and Starling Marte (knee) will likely be bound for the injured list to facilitate the roster moves. Tucker should immediately step in for Gonzalez as the club's full-time shortstop and could have some intrigue in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues thanks largely to his basestealing ability.
The Pirates will recall Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Saturday's game against the Giants, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.
The organization's top middle-infield prospect, Tucker was always expected to arrive in Pittsburgh at some point this season, but his arrival to the big leagues was expedited by Erik Gonzalez (arm) and Kevin Newman (finger) both succumbing to injuries. Gonzalez is presumably in line to join Newman on the 10-day injured list later Saturday, at which point the Pirates will formally add Tucker to the roster. The 20-year-old offers plus speed and should be an immediate base-stealing threat in the majors, though he doesn't project as much more than a modest power producer.
Tucker went 3-for-5 with his second homer of the season Wednesday for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Playing above the Double-A level for the first time, Tucker is off to a fine start, slashing .321/.387/.607 in his first 28 at-bats. He won the AFL Stenson Award by hitting .370 for Surprise and then collected seven hits (including four extra-base hits) in 18 spring training at-bats. Tucker carries a reputation of speed and defense, but the 22-year-old switch-hitting shortstop seems to be adding all-around play to his resume. He could make his MLB debut in 2019, but the Pirates are quick to consider service time before promoting promising prospects.
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