The Phillies have called up pitcher Henderson Alvarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Alvarez, 27, agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies last month after making seven starts for the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League. In three starts with Lehigh Valley, Alvarez yielded seven runs (six earned) on 19 hits and six walks with eight strikeouts in 19 innings.
Alvarez hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder injuries, but the Phillies have nothing to lose by giving him an audition through the end of the year.
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.