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Tim Tebow ends 2019 run with finger injury


For the second year in a row, Tim Tebow’s minor league campaign with the Mets will end due to injury. In 2018, Tebow left Triple-A Syracuse with a broken right hand in late July. Now, he’s wrapping his campaign due to a deep laceration in his left pinky. According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the outfielder/DH intends to resume his minor league duties with the Mets following a full recovery, which won’t happen until 2020. The team, meanwhile, has yet to confirm either decision.

Tebow, 31, sustained the injury on an outfield catch last month and has remained on the shelf for the past three weeks or so. It’s an unfortunate end to an already-disappointing season for the NFL quarterback-turned-left-fielder; in his first taste of Triple-A ball, he managed a paltry .163/.240/.255 at the plate with four home runs, 19 RBI, and two stolen bases (in four chances) across 264 plate appearances.

Per reports, Tebow has elected to rehab the injury independently and will rejoin the club next spring. It’s been an interesting four years for the pair; though the Mets have made every effort to capitalize on his crowd appeal in the minors, his in-game performance has left a lot to be desired. Through the end of his 2019 run, he carries a lifetime .223/.299/.338 batting line, 18 homers, a .495 OPS, and no real hope of sticking in the majors on a permanent basis.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.