Tim Tebow continues to receive chances with the New York Mets and continues to take advantage of them.
Expected to be banished to the minor-league camp following his two-hit game Wednesday, Tebow was back in the lineup Saturday and finished 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout.
A former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, the 29-year-old Tebow is attempting to make the transition from the gridiron from the diamond.
Tebow drilled an opposite-field single off St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha in his first trip to the plate Saturday and is 3-for-6 in his last two contests.
“He’s worked very hard,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We’re here to help. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to help him try to get better.”
Collins said after Wednesday’s game that Tebow had likely played in his last Grapefruit League game and would be heading to the minors for the remainder of the spring. Collins amended that thought process Saturday, saying he may “borrow” Tebow two or three more times.
“Being around these guys at this level, he can see what it is to be a big league player,” Collins said. “He can hopefully carry that into wherever he’s going to start the year.”
Tebow, who signed a $100,000 minor league contract with the Mets on Sept. 8 after holding a workout in front of dozens of scouts, is 4-for-17 in six games this spring.