Wilin Rosario hasn’t played since Saturday due to left hand soreness, but he’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Mets. He’ll bat sixth and catch right-hander Wilin Rosario.
Rosario originally suffered the injury last week, but it eventually became too uncomfortable to play through. While the situation gave the Rockies a bit of a scare, an MRI on Monday ruled out a fracture or any other structural damage. The 25-year-old took batting practice yesterday without incident and passed one final test by hitting in the cage this afternoon, though Thomas Harding of MLB.com notes that his wrist was “heavily wrapped.”
Rosario is hitting .244 (20-for-82) with three home runs, 13 RBI, and a .690 OPS through 23 games this season.
Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow hit a two-run home run during Tuesday afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. It’s his first spring training home run since beginning his professional baseball career in late 2016.
Tebow, 32, is, of course, a former college football legend. He had a much-anticipated NFL career that ended up brief and disappointing, prompting a change of vocation. Tebow was passable with Double-A Binghamton in 2018, but the Mets promoted him to Triple-A for the 2019 season anyway. That was a mistake. Through 264 plate appearances, Tebow hit .163/.240/.255, ranking as the worst hitter in the minor leagues.
Tebow also walked along with the homer in three plate appearances on Tuesday. While it’s a solid early showing, Tebow participating with the other big leaguers or soon-to-be big leaguers in spring training is something of a sideshow. If he were a regular ballplayer working his way up the ranks, he likely would have been cut after last season. He certainly wouldn’t have been given an invitation to big league camp the next year.
There are aspects of the Tebow situation to respect: that he’s athletic and dedicated enough to attempt a professional career in another sport, for example. He moves tickets and merchandise. But one can’t help but wonder about the roster spot he’s holding that would otherwise go to a more deserving player.