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Mets send Tim Tebow to minor league camp after batting .056


Tim Tebow was reassigned by the New York Mets to their minor league camp on Tuesday after he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in an exhibition against the Houston Astros.

The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .056 (1-for-18) with 11 strikeouts in seven big league exhibition games. The 30-year-old athlete, who is not on the Mets’ 40-man roster, has been hampered by a left ankle sprain.

Tebow, an outfielder, can appear in games for New York but would have to be brought over from the minor league side.

He said being in a major league clubhouse for the first time was rewarding.

It was a lot different being around the guys all the time, being able to learn a lot more, go through drills when I could and get some meaningful at-bats too, Tebow said.

New York also reassigned right-hander Kevin McGowan to the minor league camp on Tuesday and optioned right-handers Gerson Bautista, Marcos Molina, Jamie Callahan and Corey Oswalt to minor league affiliates.

We need to keep talking about this, he said. I want the [high school students] to keep fighting. And I want everyone to pay attention. As we all know, it’s not front-page news anymore. People in the media have moved on to other stuff. But it’s important to keep it in the forefront. It’s always going to be there. We just need to keep the dialogue going.

Luongo has lived in Parkland since his first stint with the Panthers in 2000 and met his wife, Gina, there. Every morning since Valentine’s Day, they’ve had to talk to their two children about the tragedy. Over breakfast the kids ask, What if this happens to us? Last Thursday, Luongo’s 9-year-old daughter told him she didn’t want to go to school because she had a bad feeling in her stomach.

We beat two teams we’re chasing in the standings, coach Mike Yeo said. We could have put ourselves in a pretty dire situation, bury ourselves almost to the point of not having a chance.

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