Blue Jays manager John Farrell has pneumonia

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Blue Jays manager John Farrell left last night’s game against the Royals with chest pains and discomfort. The good news is that he didn’t have a heart attack or anything. The bad news:  pneumonia:

He was later diagnosed with pneumonia. Farrell has been released from hospital and is expected to return to the team Friday.

“Around the eighth inning he was moving around a little funny and I asked him,” bench coach Don Wakamatsu said in a quiet clubhouse. “He was struggling a little bit with his side. The report is it’s more of a muscle spasm. They took him in to get checked and everything else seemed to be fine.”

I’ve never had pneumonia, but one would think that it would require a bit more than a couple of innings off.  Indeed, one of the most important things you can do in such instances is rest.  But hey, if the doctors say Farrell can be with the team today, I guess he can be with the team today.

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.