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
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
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
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
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