Tucker day to day with hand soreness

Tucker day to day with hand soreness

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- One day after he suffered a bruised and swollen right hand when he was hit by a pitch during a 9-4 loss to the Yankees, Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker said on Sunday he was sore but otherwise alright. He's still listed as day to day.

Tucker, who doesn't wear batting gloves, was still dealing with some swelling. The ball left the mark of baseball stitches on his hand, but X-rays taken on Saturday were negative.

"I'm actually pretty sore," Tucker said. "Today, I tried picking up a bat, and it was pretty tough. I think these kinds of injuries, [the trainers] told me they heal pretty quickly. It's just a pretty bad bruise. It kind of blew up when I was out on the field, but swelling went down pretty good and I have the [baseball laces on my hand] now. It should be a couple of days, hopefully."

As soon as he was struck by Tyler Webb's pitch, Tucker immediately tried to touch all his fingers to his thumb to make sure nothing was broken.

"When I looked down at my hand, it kind of looked like I had a golf ball on top of my hand," he said. "That's when I thought maybe the bone on the outside had broken. [Assistant athletic trainer] Rex [Jones] said it looks just fine, a couple of broken blood vessels. I got great news when he said the X-rays were negative."

Tucker's girlfriend was taking video of the at-bat, so he was able to watch it.

Tucker, 24, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida, after setting school records for hits, at-bats, doubles and RBIs. He led all Astros Minor Leaguers last year with 24 home runs between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .276 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs in 65 games while he was at Corpus Christi of the Texas League.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009.

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