Ryan Doumit out at least a month with fractured left ankle

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Ryan Doumit’s collision with Carlos Pena at home plate Sunday wasn’t nearly as scary as Buster Posey’s a few days earlier, but it did leave him with a fractured left ankle, tests Tuesday confirmed.

It’s very disappointing news for the Pirates.  Not only was Doumit third on the team with a .774 OPS this season, but the club was hoping he’d build up some trade value before the July 31 deadline.  Now it appears that he’s likely done through the All-Star break.

It’s just the latest mishap for Doumit, who has spent time on the disabled list each of the last six years.  With a career .268/.332/.438 line, he’s long been a fine hitter.  However, he’s played in 100 games just twice as a major leaguer.  He had his best season in 2008, hitting .318/.357/.501 with 15 homers in 431 at-bats for Pittsburgh.

The Pirates have been looking to trade Doumit ever since they picked up Chris Snyder last year.  He’s currently making $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year, $11.5 million deal.  There’s a two-year, $15.5 million option on his deal for 2012-13, but the Pirates, or any team that trades for him, will buy that out for $500,000.

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.