Tim Tebow suffered a broken hamate bone while swinging a bat over the weekend. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the break and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, according to Adam Schefter.
The New York Mets signed Tebow in September 2016 and he split the 2017 season in Single-A between the Columbia Fireflies and St. Lucie Mets. He was promoted to Double-A for 2018 and has been having a solid year offensively. In 84 games with the Binghamton Rumble Ponis, he was hitting .273/.336/.399 with a career high 6 home runs and a 106 wRC+ in 84 games. Those numbers were good enough to get him named to the Eastern League All-Star team, where he collected one hit in four at-bats.
His biggest weakness has been his plate discipline. In 298 plate appearances this year, he had a 34.6% strikeout rate (103 strikeouts), which represents a career high. He also had a career-low 7.4% walk rate (22 walks).
With the Mets out of the playoff race in the National League and with Tebow improving in Double-A, there was speculation that the left fielder could be a September call-up. If the recovery time estimate is accurate, this news effectively ends that possibility.