MLB notebook: Tebow workout to draw 20 teams

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[August 24, 2016]  The Sports Xchange

Two-thirds of Major League Baseball's 30 teams will be represented at the workout of Tim Tebow on Aug. 30.

ESPN reported 20 teams are confirmed to attend when Tebow shows his baseball ability, a shift from the football career that gained the former Florida Gators Heisman Trophy winner notoriety.

Tebow, a broadcaster for ESPN who played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and was in training camp with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, focused his attention on baseball following a private workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2016 season began.

Tebow, 29, could get a minor-league offer according to former Broncos teammate Eric Decker, now a receiver with the Jets.

-- The Texas Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers in a move that allows the veteran outfielder a chance to begin the 2017 season with the club.

Texas also activated Derek Holland from the 60-day disabled list and plans to start the left-hander in Tuesday's interleague game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for Holland, the Rangers recalled Shawn Tolleson from Round Rock and placed him on the 60-day disabled list and optioned fellow right-hander Nick Martinez to the Triple-A squad.

By releasing the 35-year-old Hamilton prior to Sept. 1, the Rangers can re-sign him to a minor-league contract and elevate him to the majors prior to May 15.

-- The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma to start against the New York Yankees.

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Right-hander Cody Martin was demoted to the Rainiers to make room for Walker, who has been plagued by foot issues for parts of the last two months.

Walker posted a 4-7 mark with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts with the Mariners before being sent to Tacoma. The 24-year-old prospered in his time with the Triple-A club, highlighted by scattering three hits over 6 1/3 shutout innings against Nashville on Thursday.

-- The Yankees placed reliever Anthony Swarzak on the 15-day disabled list and recalled fellow right-hander Ben Heller from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Swarzak, who is nursing an inflamed right rotator cuff, has struggled mightily following the All-Star break. The 30-year-old has posted an 0-2 mark with a 6.06 ERA in 14 contests since the Midsummer Classic to see his season mark drop to 1-2 with a 5.90 ERA.

Heller is expected to provide a boost out of the bullpen. The 25-year-old has played for three teams in the minors this season, going 0-1 with one save and a 1.42 ERA in six appearances with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


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