Bad news for the Mariners last night as James Paxton was lifted from his start against the Angels due to a left pectoral strain.
Paxton had been pitching well, having allowed three runs and working in the seventh inning when he was seen rubbing his upper left chest before being taken out. He’ll have an MRI today and the Mariners will know more about his condition.
Paxton has been the ace for Seattle this year, picking up the slack in a rotation that has seen Felix Hernandez go down to multiple injuries. Paxton is 12-3 this year with a 2.78 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 138/33 in 119.2 innings across 20 starts. The Mariners are 59-57 and stand in a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card.
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.