Attending big-league camp as a non-roster invitee, Tebow went 4-for-15 during Grapefruit League action. After spending the 2018 campaign exclusively at Double-A Binghamton, the 31-year-old Tebow will climb up another rung on the minor-league ladder as he looks to keep his dream of reaching the majors alive.
Tebow went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Thursday's spring game against Washington.
Tebow slotted into the starting lineup as the designated hitter and drove in his first run of camp in the sixth inning on a single to center field. The former college football star is now 3-for-12 with an RBI this spring and remains on track to start the regular season at Triple-A Syracuse.
Tebow (hand) will likely begin the 2019 season at Triple-A, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Tebow spent the entire 2018 season with Double-A Binghamton, hitting .273/.336/.399 with six homers across 84 games for the Rumble Ponies before a broken hand prematurely ended his season in July. The 31-year-old is fully healed from the injury, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. The GM didn't rule out the possibility of the 31-year-old cracking the Opening Day roster, though that seems unlikely.
Tebow broke his right hamate bone and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday which is expected to shut him down for the year, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Tebow had been doing well enough at Double-A Binghamton to possibly deserve a late-season look for the struggling Mets, but that opportunity now no longer exists. The former quarterback will now have to wait until spring training to make his case for a big-league roster spot, when he'll be a 31-year-old with no experience above Double-A and a 29 percent strikeout rate in the minors.
Tebow was placed on the seven-day disabled list Saturday with a right hand injury.
Tebow injured his hand Thursday and is scheduled to visit a specialist in New York during the upcoming week. The 30-year-old has an ugly 34.6 percent strikeout rate but a decent .273/.336/.399 slash line in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton, which could be enough for the struggling Mets to give him an opportunity down the stretch.
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