A deep cut on his left pinky suffered in July will end the Triple-A season of New York Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.
It’s the second consecutive season that Tebow, who turns 32 on Wednesday, has been shut down due to injury.
According to the report, the Mets expect Tebow to return for a fourth professional season next year.
In 77 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season, Tebow finished with a .163 batting average, four home runs and 19 RBIs. He also struck out 98 times.
A left-handed-hitting outfielder and designated hitter, Tebow batted .273 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 84 games at Double-A Binghamton last season. He was one of 13 Mets farmhands invited to spring training.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, Tebow appeared in 35 NFL games with the Denver Broncos (2010-11) and New York Jets (2012) and passed for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.