Tim Tebow gets 1st hit for Mets, singles vs Marlins
New York Mets' Tim Tebow, left, is greeted as he returns to the dugout after his first hit of spring training in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Monday, March 13, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
BILL WHITEHEAD, Associated Press
PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow singled in an exhibition game against Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein on Monday, getting is first hit for the New York Mets.
Tebow was hitless in his first eight at-bats in spring training before his opposite-field single on a 2-2 pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. He was then erased on a double-play grounder.
Playing left field, the former Heisman Trophy winner made a head-first diving catch in the second inning to rob Justin Bour of a hit.
Tebow batted eighth, and his appearance in the lineup was a surprise. On Friday, manager Terry Collins said there were no plans to bring back the 29-year-old Tebow after his second start.
But the Mets needed players because of the World Baseball Classic and multiple split-squad games and decided to have Tebow join them from their minor league camp.