Kirk Nieuwenhuis makes the Division Series roster, Juan Uribe out
The Mets continued to hold out hope Juan Uribe’s bruised chest would heal quick enough for him to be on the Division Series roster.
Unfortunately, he will need more time to heal and be a viable member of the Mets roster.
Terry Collins said on Wednesday afternoon Uribe was officially out for the Division Series, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis would take his place on the Division Series roster.
Nieuwenhuis will likely be the sixth outfielder on the roster, joining Juan Lagares on the bench.
Nieuwenhhuis might have made more sense as a replacement than Eric Young Jr., who is in Port St. Lucie on standby in the event he’s needed. Nieuwenhuis is a superior defender, is a notch slower but still has significant speed, and he can also provide some pop from the left side off the bench.
Of course, there’s no option that can replace Uribe and his postseason experience. It’s one of the reasons Sandy Alderson acquired Uribe to begin with, and he’s already shown a knack for the big hit in key situations for the club during the regular year.
In addition, Uribe would have been a very valuable right-handed weapon for Terry Collins against the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Brett Anderson.
Alderson said on Tuesday Uribe would stay back in New York to receive continued treatment. He will presumably join the team on Monday for game three.
Uribe has a .204 lifetime average in the postseason, although he has produced eight RBI in his last 14 playoff games spanning 2012-2014 with the Dodgers.