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.
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.
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