THIS FROM USA TODAY:
The New York Mets' floundering season hit a new low after minor-leaguer Tim Tebow broke his hand in a game last Thursday, ending his season.
The former Heisman Trophy winner broke the hamate bone in his right hand and will have surgery on Tuesday. He is out of the mix for a September call-up.
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Tebow is facing a six-to-eight week recovery period.
"So, effectively, his season is over," Ricco said on Monday.
Tebow, who was placed on the disabled list over the weekend, was injured during an at-bat with the Class AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
Even if Tebow's season is over, Ricco praised Tebow's production.
"I view this season as a complete positive," Ricco said. "But to see a guy in a few short years competing at the AA level and thriving really, last couple months he was playing really well. I don’t know how that could be anything but a positive."
The outfielder was enjoying the finest month of his minor-league career, batting .340 with a .798 OPS in July. For the season, he batted .273 with six homers and 36 RBI and earned a spot on the Eastern League All-Star team last week.
While the Mets have not yet discussed with Tebow whether he will return in 2019, they expect him to be back. He does not have to be added to the 40-man roster.