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Mets: Tim Tebow likely making Grapefruit League debut this week

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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets player Tim Tebow address members of the media during a press conference at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets player Tim Tebow address members of the media during a press conference at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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The World Baseball Classic is starting on Monday, and with the Mets losing a good chunk of players to it, they’ll be reaching deep into their farm system for players to suit up for upcoming games. One of those players will be Tim Tebow.

The former Heisman Trophy winner reported to camp last week, but still hasn’t seen much action with the Mets big league squad. While Tebow is obviously not a top prospect, we’ve known for some time (since he was signed really) that he’d get a few at bats with the major league squad at some point.

The Mets staff has wanted to get the regulars as much time as possible on the field before the World Baseball, so it isn’t surprising that Tebow’s time hasn’t come yet.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Post’s Joel Sherman that the team is planning on having Tim Tebow as part of the home split-squad major league team this week.

The Mets will be playing split-squad games on Wednesday, and Friday, so it’s possible Tebow gets to play in one or two of those four games. The organization will likely be playing Tebow at home versus on the road to be able to reap the benefits of his popular name with the Port St. Lucie crowd.

Having Tebow get in both of those games could also help give some of the Mets veteran outfielders a day or two off.

Curtis Granderson, for example, has been nursing a thumb injury, and manager Terry Collins doesn’t want to push him too hard and risk re-injuring it.

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Yoenis Cespedes, while 100 percent healthy, is not being used three days in a row by the Mets staff at this point of the spring, so that’s another player that could benefit from Tebow’s unexpected appearance on the major league squad.

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