BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — For the first time this season, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies will be without Eastern League All-Stars Tim Tebow and Levi Michael when they open a seven-game homestand Tuesday night against Hartford.
Tebow is likely out for the remainder of the season after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand. He was batting .273 with 6 home runs and 36 RBI before suffering the injury on July 19.
"We definitely miss [Tebow’s] bat," said Rumble Ponies manager Luis Rojas after batting practice Tuesday. "We miss the offensive contributions that Tim was providing for our team. We also lost Levi [Michael] in the week, so those are two key bats in our lineup. Ever since [Peter] Alonso and [Jeff] McNeil weren’t on our team, those two were the guys that were helping us score some runs."
Despite striking out 103 times in just 83 games with the Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets front office said that Tebow’s season was a positive.
Meanwhile, Levi Michael was called up to Triple-A Las Vegas this past Saturday, and Rojas believes the utility infielder was so deserving of the call.
"[Michael] earned it," said Rojas. "He had an outstanding season here. He did a good job for us. He was pretty consistent the whole time playing different positions, which is tough. Sometimes to maintain your offensive abilities when you’re playing different positions out there on a daily basis [is challenging]."
Michael, a former first-round pick, was hitting .308 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI before being transferred to the 51s.
Binghamton plays a doubleheader against Hartford on Tuesday, July 31 with the first game starting at 5:35 p.m.