Tim Tebow gets 1st hit for Mets, singles vs Marlins

New York Mets' Tim Tebow helps a fan take a photograph before a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) 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.