In what can be considered a surprise the Mets added infielder Juan Uribe to the team’s 25 man roster for the World Series.
By Aniello Piro
It was reported earlier in the week, that New York Mets’ infielder Juan Uribe being healthy enough to play was a long shot.
However, something must have happened in the days between the teams last workout at Citi Field, to hours before game one of the Fall Classic.
As expected, Juan Uribe on the Mets’ World Series roster. Matt Reynolds is not. Kelly Johnson appears to be backup SS to Flores.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 27, 2015
Uribe has not played in a game since he was called upon to be a pinch hitter on September 25th against the Cincinnati Reds.
During the at bat, it was obvious Uribe was in an excruciating amount of pain, and once he was pulled from the game, the media was informed that Uribe had aggravated a chest injury he sustained fielding a ground ball five days prior.
The Mets acquired Uribe in a trade with the Atlanta Braves that also brought in utility player Kelly Johnson. Uribe is the only member of the team that has won a World Series. Having done so with the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants.
He’s hit .219 as a Met, but has come up big for the team when he gets his chance. At this stage, it is clear that Uribe will be used off the bench by the Mets, a role that he has done fairly well at since joining the team.
With the addition of Uribe the Mets were forced to leave infield prospect Matt Reynolds off the 25 man roster. Reynolds was called up when short stop Ruben Tejada went down with a brutal leg injury.
The 24-year-old was attempting to be the second player ever in MLB history to make his debut in the postseason.
With the subtraction of Reynolds from the roster, the Mets do not have a legit back up shortstop on their roster.
Uribe could be an option, but is not fully recovered from injury and has not played the position since 2012. Johnson is labeled a utility player, but has only played the position once in his career. That one time came this year as a Met.[su_button url=”https://elitesportsny.com/2015/10/24/new-york-rangers-fall-to-philly-3-2-in-shootout/” target=”blank” background=”#000080″ size=”10″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”0″]NEXT: Rangers Fall To Philly, 3-2, In Shootout[/su_button]