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.
Tebow was forced to exit Thursday's game at Double-A Binghamton due to an injured right hand, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
The Mets stated that Tebow will see a hand specialist early next week, so it's expected that he will be sidelined until that appointment. Across 84 games with Binghamton this year, he's hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs and 36 RBI.
Tebow went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI for Double-A Binghamton in Monday's 10-1 win over Trenton.
Though he has struck out in 37.1 percent of his plate appearances this season -- well above the rates he posted at Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017 -- Tebow has offset the poor contact by tapping into more power. He has already produced 18 extra-base hits -- including five home runs -- in 224 plate appearances to bring his OPS up to .737, 81 points better than the mark he posted between the two lower levels a season ago. Tebow has been especially hot as the weather has warmed in June, with the outfielder slashing .315/.362/.481 on the month.
On the season, Tebow is hitting a solid .260/.342/.452. Those numbers would be a lot more impressive if they weren't posted by a 30-year-old in Double-A, but the former quarterback at least looks a lot more like a baseball player than he did in his debut season last year, when he hit just .226/.309/.347 in 126 games with Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie. While it's now more believable that Tebow could eventually earn some major-league at-bats, his statistical profile still contains some major red flags. His .451 BABIP suggests that it's taken quite a lot of good luck to get to his batting line, while his 41.9 percent strikeout rate leaves little reason to believe that he won't be completely overmatched by higher-level pitching.
| 7 || 8 || 9 || 10 || 11 || 12 || 13
| 14 || 15 || 16 || 17 || 18 || 19 || 20