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Storylines: Tim Tebow struggles in Grapefruit League debut

Tim Tebow had a rough first game of spring training for the Mets in Grapefruit League action, plus all the other news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday...

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· Tim Tebow’s Grapefruit League debut didn’t go exactly as he planned. In a packed  house in Port St. Lucie, Fla, the former NFL quarterback--playing DH, went 0-for-3 against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. He was part of a run-scoring double play, but that was as far as his production went on the day. New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce noticed the early struggles of Tebow as he spoke with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “He’s so far behind on the nuances of the game. He’s obviously been doing other worthwhile things, but that’s the biggest thing.” Skipper Terry Collins also spoke on the urgency Tebow needs to adapt to the game. “ He’s going to have to adapt quickly. What he’s attempting to do, not a lot of guys would even try.”

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· Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that righty Cody Anderson has been shut down for Spring Training because of elbow soreness. He underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery back in November. No further details are available at this time.

News and Notes

· According to Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Orioles righty Chris Tillman and lefty Zach Britton are progressing on schedule. They both completed their bullpen sessions on Wednesday with no issues. Tillman suffered a shoulder injury while Tillman is dealing with an oblique strain. 

· Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that lefty David Price, who has been diagnosed with bone spurs and a flexor strain, could begin throwing as soon as Friday.

· Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Colorado Rockies and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez have not had any talks of a contract extension. 

· According to Jane Leff of MLB.com, Oakland Athletics lefty Sean Doolittle and righty Santiago Casilla threw a live bullpen session Wednesday and will throw one today. 

· According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, free agent infielder Brett Lawrie is not ready to pursue a new team. He is still dealing with minor soft-tissue discomfort in his lower body.

· Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that Minnesota Twins righty Phil Hughes is working on different changes to his approach after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery.

· According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Socrates Brito suffered a dislocated finger after sliding head first into home plate on Wednesday. He underwent surgery and there is currently no timetable for his return.


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