Baseball notes: Mets move Tebow up a notch –

Tebow promoted

Tim Tebow is moving up.

The ex-NFL quarterback is being promoted to Class A St. Lucie and will join the team Tuesday, according to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

The 29-year-old entered Sunday hitting .222 with a .311 on-base percentage and a .651 OPS. He had struck out 69 times in 212 at-bats.

“His recent past two, three weeks actually trending pretty well and given all the circumstances, age and so forth, felt this was the right time to promote him,” Alderson said.

“We’re pleased with the first half of the season. It’s not like he’s tearing up the league but at the same time all the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at, chase rates, exit velocities, and other things,” Alderson said. “The average isn’t there but he’s improving.”

Cubs’ Russell sidelined • By the fourth inning Sunday, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell had a costly error and a sore throwing shoulder. Russell came out of the Cubs’ 4-2 loss at Miami in the fourth complaining of a pain in his shoulder, which has bothered him since last season. He’s likely to miss Monday’s game at Washington, perhaps more.

Russell said he would receive treatment, but he wasn’t sure whether he would undergo tests. Manager Joe Maddon said the initial medical report wasn’t as bad as he feared.

Brewers claim veteran catcher • The Milwaukee Brewers made a significant and telling move Sunday when they claimed veteran catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from Oakland.

The Brewers not only opted to change their catching situation, they added a strong clubhouse presence to a young, inexperienced club that has defied expectations by sitting in first place in the NL Central much of the season.

Assuming they aren’t going to carry three catchers, Jett Bandy is most vulnerable to losing a spot.

Associated Press


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