Tim Tebow Won’t Join New York Mets In September Due To Broken Hand
on Jul 24, 2018 07:37 PM EDT
New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow's chance to play in the Major Leagues will have to wait a while.
Tebow has a broken hamate bone in his right hand after getting injured while playing for Double-A Binghamton on Thursday. According to Mets assistant general manager John Ricco, Tebow underwent an examination at the Hospital for Special Surgery where the extent of the injury of the former NFL quarterback was determined.
Ricco said the examination revealed that the 30-year-old Tebow would need surgery that will effectively end his season. After that, Tebow will need six to eight weeks to recover.
Tebow tallied a 273/.336/.399 slash line, six home runs and 36 RBIs for Binghamton. Through 15 games from June to July, Tebow hit an impressive .301.
With his impressive performance, Tebow was selected to play in the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game on July 11 and was considered for a call-up by the Mets.
With the latest development, Tebow will have to chance to play for the Mets this season. The Mets are currently last in the National League East with a 40-56 record, 14 games behind the leader.
Mets Want Tebow Back Next Season
According to Ricco, the Mets have yet to discuss with Tebow about his future with the team. However, Ricco said he believe that there is no reason for Tebow to be back next season.
"I view this season as a complete positive," Ricco says. "Obviously, it ended disappointingly. He's going to miss the last month-plus." Ricco said Tebow's rise to the Double-A was impressive, especially in the last two months where he took his game to another level.
"The last couple of months, he's been playing really well. I don't see how that can be anything but a positive," added Ricco, whose Mets suffered several injuries to key players, including slugger Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
Tebow Rose From Class A Baseball
Tebow was a two-time national champion at Florida and a former Heisman Trophy. Tebow played for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets in the NFL. After his NFL stint, he became part of college football broadcast as an analyst.
Last season, Tebow tried his luck in a professional baseball career, joining the Mets Class A squad. In the offseason, Tebow revamped his swing with the help of Washington Nationals star Daniel Murphy and Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler.
Tebow's efforts paid dividends as he hit .226 in April, .241 in May, .301 in June and .340 in July. In 13 of his last 14 games, Tebow hit safely before suffering the injury.
"I have learned a lot," Tebow says recently. "I am also continuing to make those adjustments and learning to improve based on the pitchers, series, games, all of that."