The Mets may have reinforcements on the way between now and the start of the World Series on Tuesday. While the Mets were conquering the Cubs during the NLCS, Juan Uribe was busy taking ground balls during batting practice and working on his swing in the batting cage. Those are positive signs for the infielder, who has been sidelined since late September with cartilage damage in his chest.
Mostly known for his contributions to clubhouse chemistry, Uribe is also a versatile defender and solid right-handed bat. He hit .219/.301/.430 for the Mets in 2015 after being acquired from Atlanta a few days before the July 31 trade deadline. Relegated to the bench once David Wright was healthy enough to play third base every day, Uribe was still supposed to be a part of New York's postseason roster until the chest injury derailed that idea.
Instead, Kirk Nieuwenhuis got the roster spot, but he didn't see any postseason playing time until he was brought on as a defensive replacement during Wednesday night's series-clinching victory in Chicago. Normally, Juan Lagares would be used as a late-inning outfielder, but he had already been deployed to fill in for the injured Yoenis Cespedes. Assuming Cespedes is good to go for the World Series, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Mets go with Uribe over Nieuwenhuis for the final battle versus the American League.