From the official Twitter account of the Arizona Diamondbacks …
Pollock missed three months with a fractured right hand that required surgery. He is in the Diamondbacks’ lineup for the first time since May 31 on Tuesday night against the Reds. The 26-year-old center fielder was batting .216/.366/.554 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 52 games before suffering the injury.
Owings missed over two months with a dislocated left shoulder. He is not in Arizona’s starting lineup on Tuesday but should return Wednesday. The shortstop was batting .277/.313/.458 with six homers and seven steals in 72 games and might have won 2014 NL Rookie of the Year honors had his health cooperated.
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.