Mets' Tim Tebow Reportedly out for Season with Finger Laceration Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2019

ALLENTOWN, PA - MAY 02: Tim Tebow #15 of the Syracuse Mets in action during a AAA minor league baseball game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on May 1, 2019 at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Syracuse Mets outfielder Tim Tebow will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2019 season after suffering a "deep cut" on his left pinkie in July.

Tim Healey of Newsday reported the update Saturday and noted the New York Mets expect Tebow, a former NFL quarterback who switched to baseball in 2016, will return to the organization in 2020.

The 31-year-old University of Florida product struggled mightily in his first season at the Triple-A level. He posted a .163/.240/.255 triple-slash line with four home runs and two stolen bases in 77 games. His .495 OPS ranked second-worst on the team among players with at least 30 appearances.

He last played on July 21.

In May, Tebow told Justin Sayers of the Louisville Courier Journal his lackluster results didn't take away from getting to follow through with a dream.

"It's never as good as it seems, it's never as bad as it seems. That's something I learned a long time ago in sports," he said. "I didn't do it for the praise of it. I did it cause it was a passion and I wanted to fulfill it and do something that I love."

In all, Tebow has compiled a .299 on-base percentage with 18 homers and five steals in 287 games across four levels of the minor leagues.

He helped Florida win two BCS national championships before the Denver Broncos selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. His lack of accuracy (47.9 percent completion rate in 35 games with the Broncos and New York Jets) led to a premature end of his football career.

Tebow works as a football analyst on ESPN and the SEC Network during the baseball offseason.