Te­bow to play Wed­nes­day

For­mer Heis­man win­ner will play in first spring game.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Mets out­field prospect Tim Te­bow will play in the first Grape­fruit League game of his ca­reer Wed­nes­day when New York hosts Bos­ton in a split-squad game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Newsday re­ported Sun­day.

Te­bow played in the Ari­zona Fall League and ar­rived in Florida early to work out. Now, the for­mer Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner will get his first chance to show how much progress he’s made in his tran­si­tion to base­ball.

Te­bow, 29, also will play at home for Fri­day’s split­squad game against Hous­ton.

Com­ing back from ma­jor surgery in July, Matt Har­vey made his first spring start Sun­day and al­lowed four earned runs in 12/3 in­nings in the Mets’ 14-11 loss to the Car­di­nals.

“Over­all, it’s only a mat­ter of time,” Har­vey said.

Har­vey, who had a Tommy John op­er­a­tion in 2013, had his sea­son cut short last year when he needed tho­racic out­let syn­drome surgery.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s been eight months since I’ve faced an­other team. The big­gest thing was go­ing out there and try­ing to, I guess, get my me­chan­ics back against an­other team and hit­ters,” he said. “You can go out there and do all of that with your own guys and catch­ers, but you can’t get to where you want to be un­less you’re fac­ing hit­ters.” Car­di­nals: Trevor Rosen­thal was scratched from his sched­uled start to­day against Min­nesota be­cause of mus­cle tight­ness in his right lat. The 2014 All-Star re­liever, 26, is try­ing to make a move into the start­ing ro­ta­tion. Giants: New first base coach Jose Al­guacil suf­fered a bro­ken nose and small frac­tures in his eye socket af­ter be­ing hit by a foul ball in Satur­day’s spring train­ing game. Al­guacil, sit­ting in a fold­ing chair out­side the dugout when Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier checked his swing in the eighth in­ning, re­quired surgery.

Mariners: Sec­ond base­man Robin­son Cano, out­fielder/DH Nel­son Cruz and in­fielder Jean Se­gura left camp to catch a plane to Florida, where their team­mates from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic World Base­ball Clas­sic team are con­ven­ing in prepa­ra­tion to de­fend their 2013 ti­tle. Se­gura is in the WBC for the first time. “It’s go­ing to be re­ally fun for us be­ing around those guys,” Se­gura said. Ace Felix Her­nan­dez was among 12 play­ers, in­clud­ing both ma­jor lea­guers and mi­nor lea­guers, the Mariners sent to the WBC.

Red Sox: Starter Kyle Ken­drick, in camp as a non­roster in­vi­tee, threw four hit­less in­nings in Sun­day’s 11-1 win over the Braves.

Mets’ Matt Har­vey al­lowed four runs in spring de­but.

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