Any hopes New York Mets fans had of Tim Tebow being a September roster addition likely have been quashed.
Tebow broke the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a swing during a minor league game on Thursday, according to reports. An Eastern League All-Star for Double-A Binghamton, Tebow was put on the disabled list on Saturday.
He is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday and probably won’t play again in 2018, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Tebow, who will turn 31 on Aug. 14, is in his second full season in the Mets’ minor league system after three seasons in the NFL. At Binghamton, he hit .273 this season with six home runs. With the Mets mired in last place in the National League East entering action Monday, there was speculation he could wind up in New York in September.
Tebow struggled in spring training, going 1-for-18 with 11 strikeouts in seven exhibition games with the Mets. In 126 games last season in Class A, Tebow hit .226 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs. He played for Columbia before being promoted to high Class A St. Lucie.
Before starting his professional baseball career, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy as quarterback of the Florida Gators and played three NFL seasons, two for the Denver Broncos and one for the New York Jets.
—Field Level Media