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Preston Tucker gets opening-day start at DH for Astros

NEW YORK — Preston Tucker gets the first crack at the Astros’ designated hitter spot while Evan Gattis continues his rehabilitation from offseason hernia surgery.

Gattis will begin working out with double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Gattis is expected to be in Corpus Christi’s lineup when it opens its season Thursday, the official beginning of his rehab assignment. His stint on the 15-day disabled list is backdated to March 25.

The left-handed hitting Tucker figures to see most, if not all of the Astros’ DH at-bats in this week’s season-opening series against the Yankees, who are starting righthanders in each of the three games. The Astros won’t have a DH when they visit the Brewers this weekend, of course.

“We’ll see what happens when we get back home. But this series, against the Yankees, I could see Tuck getting the majority of those at-bats,” Hinch said before Tuesday afternoon’s opener at Yankee Stadium.

“Now that being said, I could DH any of these guys and give them a day game after a night game as a half day, things like that. Very similar to most roles on our team outside of a few, I don’t get too fixated on one particular strategy until I line up against the team.”

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