Forearm strain puts A's ace Brett Anderson on DL

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s will place Brett Anderson on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Anderson left his Saturday start after just 80 pitches because of tightness in his elbow and forearm.
He initially deemed it merely cramping and there’s no indication that the A’s feel it’s a serious problem, but he’s headed for an MRI exam to make sure and in the meantime obviously being cautious with the 22-year-old ace is smart.
After emerging as one of the best young left-handers in baseball as a rookie last year Anderson inked a long-term contract earlier this month that could keep him in Oakland through 2016 and began the season with a 2.25 ERA and 17/4 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Hopefully he’ll just miss a few starts while the surprising A’s try to stay atop the AL West without him.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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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.