Tim Tebow will make his Grapefruit League debut with the New York Mets on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox in a Grapefruit League game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and will also be on the major league club's roster for a Friday game against the Houston Astros.
A person familiar with the Mets' roster plans confirmed that Tebow will be with the major league club both games, but is not expected to start either of them. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't yet announced its plans.
Tebow, 29, the telegenic former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion at the University of Florida, has been working out with Mets minor leaguers since Monday in his longshot pursuit of a major league career. Mets manager Terry Collins indicated the club would expect to have him on the major league side for some games, and that opportunity figures to come this week.
The Mets are losing 14 players from their organization to World Baseball Classic rosters, and they'll begin departing Port St. Lucie for their respective countries' camps early this week. But the Grapefruit League schedule marches on, and so the Mets will be shorthanded with several players missing and other veterans still working their way up to playing more than just a few innings per game.
That should open some playing time for Tebow, The Mets have split-squad games both days.
Tebow batted .194 with 20 strikekouts in 62 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League against top pitching prospects. He's expected to be assigned to one of the Mets' Class A affiliates in April.
His inclusion on the Mets roster for next week's two games was first reported by the New York Post.