Kyle Tucker is ready to help where needed.

Astros manager Dusty Baker said after Friday’s workouts he expects Kyle Tucker to help replace designated hitter Yordan Alvarez if the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year is not available to start the season.

Alvarez has been absent during summer workouts in Houston. Baker also said Michael Brantley could help fill the role.

Tucker said Saturday he’s fine with any way into the lineup, including at designated hitter. He said he’ll prepare the same as he always does.

“Obviously we’re missing Yordan, he’s a big part of the lineup and everything,” Tucker said. “But it gives some guys some extra opportunities. We’re going to try our best to win as many games as possible and whenever Yordan comes back we’ll welcome him.”

After Saturday’s workouts, Baker did not have an update on when Alvarez would return.

Astros utilityman Aledmys Díaz said Saturday he has texted with Alvarez since summer workouts started but is not permitted to expand on the conversations between the two, only adding Alvarez is in good spirits.

Diaz is optimistic the team will see Alvarez this season, saying “Yes. I think he’s going to be ready.”

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