[Updated: 4:21 p.m. 7-23-18] Not even Tim Tebow can escape bad luck when it comes to player injuries within the New York Mets organization.
The 30-year-old former Florida Heisman Trophy winning quarterback is out for the rest of the baseball season after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand while swinging a bat over the weekend. Tebow is set for hand surgery Tuesday and likely done for the season, dashing his hopes of playing in the majors this year.
Tebow had recently appeared in the Double A All-Star game and was batting .273 at the Mets’ Double A affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 84 games. The outfielder doubled in the Eastern League All-Star Game this month.
There was talk of the Mets possibly promoting Tebow to the majors when rosters expand in September, but those plans now appear to be on hold. The recovery time is six to eight weeks, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.
“So his season is effectively over,” Ricco said.
Tebow had been hitting well lately for the Rumble Ponies during his second full season in the minors.
“I view this as nothing but a positive,” Ricco said of Tebow’s progress. “He’s made great strides.”
Last year, Tebow hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBIs in 126 games at two levels of Class A.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.