JUPITER, Fla. — Tim Tebow keeps in the Mets’ lineup. The former Heisman Trophy winner appeared finished with the major league club — for the second time this spring — earlier this week only to receive a call to action on Saturday.
Tebow started in left field in a Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals and went in the Mets’ victory at Roger Dean Stadium. Tebow delivered a single to left field against Michael Wacha and is now (. 235) at the plate this spring for the Mets.
“He’s worked very hard, not only in the minor leagues, but with our guys here and we’re here to help,” manager Terry Collins said. “I still think we’ll try to get him over a few more times, I don’t know how many it’s going to be, but I think he can get a lot of playing here and being around these guys at this level to see what it is to be a big league player and he can hopefully carry that into wherever he is going to start the year. ” Fernando Salas is expected back in camp Sunday after receiving a work visa.
The righty reliever, who pitched for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game this spring — he was prohibited until the visa issue was settled. Collins indicated he might try to get Salas into Sunday’s game against the Marlins. “We have to get him into games and get him going,” Collins said.
“Even though he didn’t pitch much [in the WBC] he went there in shape. We just have to get him into some games. ” Brandon Nimmo’s right hamstring tightened up during a running season, according to Collins, setting him back in his attempt to start playing exhibition games again.
The rookie outfielder returned from the WBC with a strained hamstring, but a subsequent exam revealed the injury wasn’t as bad as originally believed. Collins indicated Nimmo will try running again in a few days. Kevin Plawecki went and hit his first homer of the spring in the Mets’ exhibition victory over the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.
After five straight scoreless outings, Josh Edgin surrendered a run in the seventh inning. The lefty is battling for a bullpen job. Wilmer Flores made a play at first base, lunging to snare Greg Garcia’s grounder in the fifth inning before racing to the bag for the final out.
Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero are among the scheduled pitchers for the Mets in their exhibition game against the Marlins in Port St. Lucie..