PORT ST. LUCIE – Tim Tebow broke his 0-for-5 start to spring training with a fourth-inning single against Erick Fedde of the Nationals. That came after a three-pitch strikeout against Max Scherzer, which Tebow said was “awesome.”
“He’s nasty, in a good way. He’s really, really good,” Tebow said with a laugh. “He’s first pitch was a backdoor slider, a really good pitch. The second pitch was a fastball. I felt like I could put a good swing on it, but he’s got so much movement and it stays true. Then he throws another backdoor cutter 0-2.
“He’s got a lot of really good pitches. It’s awesome to see one of the best in the league.”
Tebow said he is feeling much more comfortable in his second spring training, his first in big league camp. He re-worked his swing this winter and feels he is seeing pitches better.
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“I just feel a lot more adjusted to the game, feel like I have a very different approach and swing,” Tebow said, “so I can be a lot more patient seeing pitches and trusting all the work I have put in.”
Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner who couldn’t stick in the NFL, has yet to play in the outfield after a mishap with a sprinkler head in drills last week.
“Yeah, the divot there, I hit it and it didn’t go well,” Tebow said. “I didn’t go down. I probably should have, I think it would have helped me.”
Tebow said he “could,” play the outfield but the Mets “are being smart,” giving him more time to heal. While he is targeted to start his season in Double-A Binghamton, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he thinks he will get at-bats in the big leagues at some point. A team source said that could be as soon as this September.
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Yoenis Cespedes is not too far away. The Mets slugger played the field for the first time Friday night in a split-squad game against the Astros in West Palm Beach.
Cespedes, who is nursing a sore shoulder, went 1-for-3 with a ground ball single up the middle and played four innings in left field.
“I felt pretty good, although the shoulder is 100% I think in the next days, I will be ready,” Cespedes said through the team translator.
The 32-year old said that he is going through the normal soreness he gets every spring when he begins to throw hard.
After dedicating himself to a revamped workout this winter that incorporated yoga and more running, Cespedes said that his legs felt fine after playing in the field. Cespedes missed 81 games last season with strains to both his left and right hamstrings.
Juan Lagares made his spring training game debut after nursing a strained left hamstring for the first week. He was 0-for-1, but ran down balls with ease. He said the leg felt good. … Rafael Montero allowed a run on two hits and a walk in two innings pitched. . … Gavin Cecchini continues to tear up spring training. He hit his second home run and has a team-leading five RBI.
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