Zack Greinke tosses three scoreless innings in first rehab start

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Zack Greinke made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Brevard County earlier tonight and things couldn’t have gone much better.

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Greinke struck out four over three shutout innings and retired nine out of the 10 batters he faced. Granted, we can’t take much from results against a bunch of low-level minor leaguers, but Greinke “felt great” during the outing and worked with 91-94 mph velocity on his fastball.

Ron Roenicke reiterated Monday that Greinke will need at least three minor league rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list, so he’s unlikely to make his long-awaited Brewers’ debut until May 4 against the Braves at the earliest.

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.