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Tim Tebow's Baseball on Hold Briefly Due to Ankle Sprain

Tim Tebow's Baseball on Hold Briefly Due to Ankle Sprain
Tim Tebow #83 of the New York Mets poses for a photo during photo days at First Data Field on Feb. 21, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 05:45 PM

Tim Tebow’s big league baseball hopes are temporarily on hold while he heals from a left ankle sprain he sustained when he tripped over a sprinkler head in the outfield. 

Tebow is one of 15 non-roster invitees to the New York Mets Major League spring training camp, but he will be limited to batting practice for at least a few days while his ankle has a chance to get better.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said he thinks Tebow has a good shot at playing in the majors despite turning 31 in August.

"We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp, that would accelerate his development, rather than falling back on protocol," Alderson said in a SportsNet New York interview, The Washington Post reported. “I’m very comfortable that he’s here. He’s going to be a great addition over the next six weeks.”

“I’m trying to be smart about it and keep [the ankle] taped,” Tebow said, NBC Sports reported. If a Sunday X-ray showed no structural damage, Tebow may still be a designated hitter later on Monday.

The unfortunate incident drew some jokes about the outspoken Christian not being able to walk on water, and also drew a comparison to the knee injury that the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle suffered tripping on an outfield sprinkler in the 1951 World Series.

Tebow had a .226 batting average with eight home runs last season playing 64 games in the advanced Class A St. Lucie Mets. He last played baseball during his junior year of high school before joining the Mets organization, but was a Heisman Trophy winner in football and spent three seasons in the NFL as a quarterback with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

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Tim Tebow's big league baseball hopes are temporarily on hold while he heals from a left ankle sprain he sustained when he tripped over a sprinkler head in the outfield.
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