Astros manager shares injury update on Houston slugger Kyle Tucker


Astros manager shares injury update on Houston slugger Kyle Tucker
Kyle Tucker is still being evaluated for a shin contusion. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images.

Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker gave the fanbase a big scare on Monday night when he injured himself fouling a ball off his right shin. Tucker was forced to leave the game and was seen on crutches following the club's win over the Cardinals.

Tucker said the X-rays came back negative, and he would receive further evaluation from doctors on Tuesday, per The Athletic's Chandler Rome.

Astros manager Joe Espada gave an update on Tucker Tuesday afternoon on the club's flagship station.

Tucker is considered “day to day” and will not be playing in Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals. It's good news for the Astros that Tucker hasn't already been placed on the Injured List. But clearly they're not out of the woods yet. Tucker is still being evaluated.

Houston was clearly preparing to be without Tuck for at least a game or two, as they called up outfielder Trey Cabbage and sent down infielder Grae Kessinger.

Cabbage gives the Astros another outfielder and a left-handed bat off the bench should the club need to pinch hit. Plus, Cabbage has speed should the team need to pinch run. He provides plenty of athleticism should Espada need it on the base paths, as Jose Abreu and Jon Singleton are station to station players.

Cabbage has 14 at-bats with the Astros this year, with 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

Mauricio Dubon is starting in right field for Tucker.

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Jose Abreu is no longer an Astro. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros released José Abreu on Friday, cutting ties with the former AL MVP less than halfway through a three-year, $58.5 million contract.

The 37-year-old Abreu was batting .124 (14 for 113) with two homers and seven RBIs this season, during which he spent time in the minors trying to fix his swing. The Astros still owe him $30.8 million from the deal he signed before last season.

A three-time All-Star during his nine years with the Chicago White Sox, Abreu was named MVP during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 after defecting from his native Cuba the previous year.

His production dropped off significantly with the Astros. He batted .237 last year, the lowest average of his career, with 18 homers and 90 RBIs.

Abreu is a career .283 hitter with 263 homers and 960 RBIs in 11 seasons.

Houston owes him $30,822,504, including $11,322,504 remaining from this year’s salary and $19.5 million for 2025. Any team can sign him for a prorated share of the $740,000 major league minimum, with the Astros responsible for the rest.

Be sure to watch the video above as Charlie Pallilo, Brandon Strange, and Josh Jordan of Stone Cold 'Stros react to the news.

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