Dodgers setup man Hong-Chih Kuo strained a muscle in his back during spring training and landed on the disabled list in mid-April after trying to pitch through the pain for two weeks.
He’s now finally healthy and ready to return to form at the back end of the Dodgers’ bullpen.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Kuo was activated from the disabled list on Sunday afternoon and is available for today’s series finale against the Padres. Kenley Jansen was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque to clear a spot on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster.
Kuo left behind a 3.38 ERA and 1.88 WHIP. He may get a chance to save games in the coming weeks if Jonathan Broxton’s ninth inning struggles continue. Otherwise Kuo will be in his old familiar setup role.
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.