Updated: Tebow having hand surgery, likely out for year

Eastern Division's Tim Tebow looks on from the dugout after the Eastern League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

[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.


      • Yes I do but I admire him much more for the very good person he is and all the good in the world he does. I am somewhat sad that he won’t be doing it this year, that was the point of my post which I might not have made very well. Thanks for the input.

        • No—got your point, it was my reply that probably sounded like a rebuttal when it was just a concurrence. I had the great pleasure of meeting Tim’s mom when she was out here as a guest speaker several years ago, she sent me a note afterwards and I must say, that whole family does more good in the world in one week than I’ve probably done in my entire life — good people one and all.

  1. Same injury that a couple of Gator baseball players had last year. Takes time to heal so his year is definitely done. Too bad because he was showing signs of improvement. Oh well there is always next year and I am sure Tim will work hard to get back to where he was. Praying for a quick and full recovery for him.