The Phillies will decide on Wednesday whether Jimmy Rollins will require a stint on the disabled list. Rollins was a late scratch from Monday’s home opener against the Nationals due to a right calf strain.
Here’s the statement released by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:
“Jimmy had an MRI at 2:00 this afternoon. We are reviewing the results
of the MRI and will decide on Jimmy’s status sometime tomorrow when we
have the opportunity to meet as a group.”
Odds are he’ll go to the disabled list, especially with word that he has a Grade 2 strain. Juan Castro will likely draw the majority of starts in his absence, but the Phillies could elect to recall Brian Bocock or purchase the contract of Wilson Valdez. Any way you slice it, the Phillies just found their new No. 8 hitter.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.