Tim Tebow is still giving his all to the pursuit of a pro baseball career.
He’s back at it again after a promising minor league rookie campaign with the Mets’ farm system.
But now Tebow suffered a setback that could significantly stunt his progress.
During a spring training session, Tebow sprained his anklewhen stepping on a sprinkler.
Tim Tebow has managed to stay relatively injury-free throughout his athletic career. However, the irrigation system at Mets spring training has conspired to end Tebow’s lucky streak.
Earlier this week, after arriving in Florida for spring training, Tebow stepped on a sprinkler head and sprained his ankle, according to the New York Post.
Tebow sprained his ankle on a sprinkler head in the outfield.
Tebow said that his foot got caught on the sprinkler head while running in the outfield.
According to Fox News, Tebow said, “I’m trying to be smart about it and keep [the ankle] taped.”
Tebow’s entering the second season of his attempt to become a Major League Baseball player.
According to Fox News, “Tebow spent 2017 between the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A Advanced Florida State League and the Columbia Fireflies of the Class A South Atlantic League. In 126 games between both teams, he had a .226 batting average with eight home runs and 52 RBI.
“He was 4 for 27 (.148) with no extra-base hits, one walk and eight strikeouts in nine spring training games for the Mets last year.”
A sprained ankle isn’t the worst injury in the world, but it can still be debilitating.
Firstly, Tebow needs all of the reps he can get. This injury not only costs him reps, but will cost him time just to get back to his previous level.
The sprain also affects his range of motion in the field, which is especially crucial in the outfield. If he can’t move at full speed, he can’t play.
Finally, a sprained ankle hinders him at the plate because it throws off weight transfer in his swinging motion. A bum ankle won’t allow Tebow to generate as much power in his swing, which is likely his best asset at the plate.
Tebow will likely never be a player who hits for average, but he has the strength and natural power to have potential as a slugger.
Tebow is still relatively new to the sport in comparison to his peers, so he can’t afford a major setback.
For his sake, hopefully Tebow will make a speedy recovery before he falls too far behind.