Tim Tebow suffered a minor setback in what he hopes will be a journey to the major leagues, spraining his left ankle in a fluke accident in which he tripped over an outfield sprinkler head.

The New York Mets announced the injury, saying Sunday that the former NFL quarterback is limited to taking batting practice with his ankle taped. He’ll be evaluated daily.

Tebow, who hit .226 with eight home runs in 126 Class A games in his first full season in baseball last season, is in Mets camp as a non-roster player. As for his prospects, no lesser than Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson thinks he’ll make it to the majors, even though he’ll turn 31 in August.

“We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp, that would accelerate his development, rather than falling back on protocol,” Alderson said recently in a SportsNet New York video. “So I’m very comfortable that he’s here. He’s going to be a great addition over the next six weeks. Somebody asked me whether I think he’ll be a major league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess, that’s my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.”

The injury earned Tebow an unlikely comparison, at least so far in his baseball career. It reminded everyone that the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle suffered a serious knee injury early in his career when he tripped on an outfield sprinkler in the 1951 World Series.

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