PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Tim Tebow has gotten his first hit for the New York Mets.
The former NFL quarterback singled Monday in an exhibition game against Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein.
Tebow was hitless in his first eight at-bats in spring training before his opposite-field single on a 2-2 pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. He was then erased on a double-play grounder.
Playing left field, the former Heisman Trophy winner made a head-first diving catch in the second inning to rob Justin Bour of a hit.
Tebow batted eighth, and his appearance in the lineup was a surprise. On Friday, manager Terry Collins said there were no plans to bring back the 29-year-old Tebow after his second start.
But the Mets needed players because of the World Baseball Classic and multiple split-squad games and decided to have Tebow join them from their minor league camp.
Orioles: Alvarez returns as OF
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Pedro Alvarez will try shifting to the outfield in his return to the Baltimore Orioles.
A corner infielder with Pittsburgh and a designated hitter with Baltimore last year, Alvarez finalized a minor league contract Monday and would get a $2 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster.
Alvarez says he is "looking forward to the opportunity to get to learn the position as best as possible. Obviously, whenever you try playing a new position you've got to put in a lot of work. And the one thing you can't replicate is game reps, so just looking forward to getting the opportunity to go out there and just play."
Blue Jays: Travis' status for opening day in doubt
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis ran sprints in the outfield Monday, still unsure of his status for opening day.
Travis has been slowed by a bone bruise on his right knee, which had offseason surgery to remove a small flap of cartilage.
"He's got to get moving quick to do that because he needs some work," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's cutting it close."
Travis is taking batting practice and could get some at-bats as a designated hitter in minor league games this week.
"It's kind of hit or miss," Gibbons said. "Some days he feels better than others but he's moving in the right direction."
Travis had issues with the knee during last year's postseason. He hit .300 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 101 regular-season games.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who injured his right calf while running sprints Feb. 17, is expected to play for the first time this year in the next couple days.
"He's real close," Gibbons said.
Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, hit .284 with 37 homers and 99 RBIs last season. He has been an All-Star in three straight seasons.
Mets: Nimmo returns from pulled hamstring
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Outfielder Brandon Nimmo is returning to the New York Mets' spring training camp after pulling his right hamstring while playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
Nimmo, who turns 24 on March 27, walked in the first inning Sunday at Guadalajara, Mexico, took a called third strike in the third, then left the game after consecutive triples by Puerto Rico in the fifth.
The Mets said Monday that Nimmo, a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, will be re-evaluated once he arrives back at camp.
Nimmo homered against Venezuela on Saturday.