Andy Pettitte scratched from simulated game Thursday

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MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch reports that Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was scratched from a simulated game on Thursday in Florida after feeling some tightness in the area of his hip flexor muscle.

The Yankees aren’t calling this a setback just yet and are hoping that he will be able to throw the simulated game on Friday.  Of course, if the veteran southpaw can’t, it could significantly delay his return to New York’s starting rotation.

Pettitte, 38, has been on the disabled list with a Grade 1 tear of his left groin since late July.  He had a 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 18 starts before the injury.  The Yanks will survive his absence — even if it’s now extended — but they’ll obviously want him to get some work in before the start of the playoffs.  For now that shouldn’t be an issue.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to big league spring training camp

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The Mets announced that a handful of minor leaguers have been invited to big league spring training camp. Among them is former football star and current outfielder Tim Tebow.

Tebow, 31, spent last season with Double-A Binghamton. His season ended in July due to a broken hamate bone. Overall, he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 298 plate appearances. While the numbers aren’t anything earth-shattering, they are certainly better than what many skeptics thought he could put up in the minors, especially at Double-A.

Tebow will likely begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse. If he performs well, he could get a call up to the big leagues in the event of an injury, or in September when rosters expand.