Tucker returns to mound after 11-day stay on injured list

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Braydon Tucker

After posting the longest start of his professional career against the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, on May 2, former Northview standout Braydon Tucker strung together three straight outings of five-plus innings for the Clearwater Threshers.

The right-handed pitcher surrendered four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out one batter against the Tampa Tarpons, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, on May 2. He followed that up by throwing 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out a season-high six batters against the Daytona Tortugas, the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, on May 16. Tucker continued to roll against the St. Lucie Mets, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, on May 26 as the former Indiana University and Lipscomb University righty spun five innings of one-run baseball while matching his season-high in strikeouts with six.

However, a few days after his start at St. Lucie, Tucker landed on the seven-day injured list with a stiff neck. He was sidelined for 11 days before returning to the active roster on Tuesday night with the Tampa Tarpons in town to begin a six-game series. Tucker was given the ball to begin the game but was only allowed to throw one inning. And in the opening frame, he made quick work of the Tarpons, throwing just 10 pitches eight of which were for strikes to record a pair of strikeouts and a scoreless inning.

Tucker, who is expected to rejoin the starting rotation in the near future, and the Threshers will continue their series against Tampa throughout the weekend before visiting the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Single-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, on June 18.

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