Juan Uribe has been ruled out of the NLDS with that chest injury.
“What we have decided is to leave him here in New York,” Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday. “He will continue to work with therapists here. We certainly have not ruled him out for any future series if we are involved, but I say right now that he is out.”
This is a huge blow to the Mets. His expected replacement, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, has shown flashes of being a quality major leaguer over the past few years, but overall he looks like one of those Quadruple-A players. Uribe, in contrast, is a professional hitter whom you would not mind seeing at the plate with the game on the line.
Nieuwenhuis is an excellent center fielder. But the Mets already have Juan Lagares on the bench as a late-game defensive replacement. So the Mets better hope Nieuwenhuis can come through at the plate if he is called upon as a pinch hitter.
Oh, and Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday because he said he was stuck in traffic in the tunnel. Who cares? The Mets are in the playoffs.