White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been dealing with soreness in his right knee for close to a week and was plunked in the left forearm by A’s reliever Grant Balfour on Saturday night.
So, according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, the veteran Youkilis is getting the day off Sunday. Ray Olmedo will start at the hot corner instead as the Pale Hose wrap up a weekend series with the A’s.
Youkilis should be back in action in Monday night’s series-opener against the Blue Jays. He is officially listed as “day-to-day.”
The 33-year-old is batting .252/.371/.504 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 38 games since being traded to Chicago. He hit .233/.315/.377 with four homers and 14 RBI in 42 games earlier this season for Boston.
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.