Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hasn’t appeared in a major league game since fracturing his right wrist on May 8. But that will change on Sunday afternoon.
According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, Iannetta has been activated from the disabled list and will start behind the plate in the Angels’ series-finale with the Rays. It’ll also be Zack Greinke’s Angels debut. John Hester was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to clear a spot on Anaheim’s 25-man roster.
Iannetta, 29, was batting just .197 with a .706 OPS through his first 26 games this season. The .233/.356/.429 career hitter is obviously capable of much better and could further bolster the Halos’ dangerous offensive attack for the stretch run.
The Angels entered play Saturday with a 55-45 record, ranking second in the four-team AL West.
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.