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Recovering Juan Uribe hoping to make Mets' World Series roster

New York Mets' Juan Uribe takes batting practice

New York Mets' Juan Uribe takes batting practice during a voluntary team workout, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in New York. After sweeping the Chicago Cubs to win the NLCS, the Mets will play in the World Series against the winner of the ALCS. Credit: AP / Julie Jacobson

Juan Uribe took grounders at second base during the Mets' voluntary workout at Citi Field on Friday. Chances are excellent he's not going to start there over Daniel Murphy in the World Series, though. Uribe is just hoping to make the World Series roster after missing the first two rounds with a chest contusion.

"I'm trying," he told Newsday after also going through a round of batting practice.

The 36-year-old veteran is the only Met other than Curtis Granderson to have played in the World Series. He has rings from the 2005 White Sox and 2010 Giants.

Obviously, the Mets have not felt a lack of leadership or veteran savvy during their NLDS victories against the Dodgers and NLCS sweep of the Cubs. Still, while they are not counting on Uribe for the World Series, which begins on Tuesday, he's doing all he can to at least make it a possibility.

"I don't know," manager Terry Collins said on Friday. "We'll find out [Saturday]. See some live pitching and see how it goes."

Uribe was injured on Sept. 20 while making a diving play and aggravated the injury on Sept. 25 on a checked swing. He has not appeared in a game since and was inactive for the first two rounds.

The Mets acquired Uribe and Kelly Johnson from Atlanta on July 24 for a pair of minor-leaguers. That was the same day the team called up Michael Conforto from Double-A Binghamton. When the history of the 2015 Mets is written, many will point to that day as the one in which everything changed.

With the Mets, Uribe hit .219 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 44 games. He immediately became a quality fill-in at third base for the rehabbing David Wright. When Wright returned from his back injury, Uribe became an important bat off the bench and even played adequately at second.

The Mets were Uribe's third team this season. He started it with the Dodgers before being traded to the Braves in May.

Uribe's presence was felt in the clubhouse, as Collins frequently mentioned a change in tone after the Mets acquired veterans with postseason experience such as Uribe, Johnson, Yoenis Cespedes and Tyler Clippard.

If Uribe surprises and makes the roster, he could offer the Mets an option at designated hitter for Games 1 and 2 (and 6 and 7, if they are needed) in Kansas City.

One thing Uribe apparently has not done is shown some of the younger Mets his World Series rings. Conforto said the only one he has ever seen is Lee Mazzilli's from the 1986 Mets. Mazzilli's son, L.J., showed it to Conforto when the two played together in the Mets' minor leagues.

Wilmer Flores, who hopes to have a World Series ring of his own soon, also said he had not yet seen Uribe's hardware.

"I haven't seen that ring," Flores said. "I'll show him mine."


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