Juan Uribe won't be making an appearance in this weekend's National League Division Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He won't even be in the same state, general manager Sandy Alderson said after a team workout Tuesday.
"He's out for the Division Series," Alderson said of Uribe, who injured the cartilage in his chest while diving for a ball last month. "He'll continue to work with therapists here. We certainly have not ruled him out for any future series if we're involved."
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Alderson said the plan is to likely carry 14 position players and 11 pitchers into Friday night's matchup. If the Mets advance, they can modify the roster based on who's healthy. With Uribe out, it's likely that Kirk Nieuwenhuis will earn a spot, at least for the first series.
DeGrom on short rest?
Alderson indicated that he was open to pitching Jacob deGrom on short rest if Steven Matz isn't healthy enough to pitch a potential Game 4. The Mets have been weighing whether to pitch Bartolo Colon for that game, or move deGrom up a day and leave Colon in the bullpen. DeGrom will pitch Game 1 on Friday night.
"It's a day-to-day proposition," Alderson said. "And I think that our comfort level will be determined in part by how things go on Friday, how many pitches he throws, how stressful the outing might be, how successful, where we are in the series itself. Again, that's something we defer until a little bit later."
In advance of slimming down the roster to 25, the Mets sent home catcher Johnny Monell, second baseman Dilson Herrera and pitchers Tim Stauffer, Eric O'Flaherty and Dario Alvarez.