Yankees starter CC Sabathia was removed from Tuesday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays after a three innings due to discomfort in his bum knee. He and the Yankees got some good news, however, as an MRI he was given yesterday has come back showing no new damage.
Sabathia would be due to start again on Sunday, but it’s unclear if he will. Manager Joe Girardi said a decision will be made on that on Friday. Obviously, depending on how the big guy feels.
Sabathia is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 80/38 in 102.1 innings. That’s not to his old ace-like levels, but after a swoon between 2013 and 2015, Sabathia has been an above average starter for two straight years now, so any time out will be missed.
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.