Juan Uribe took batting practice, participated in on-field drills

Juan Uribe slice

BaronJuan Uribe has been absent for the better part of a month thanks to a chest contusion which has been slow to heal.

He has mostly partaken in physical therapy exercises, but has otherwise been idle and not active in baseball activities, leaving him inactive for the Division Series and National League Championship Series.

But on Sunday evening, Uribe may have taken a significant step towards returning for the World Series, should the Mets advance beyond the NLCS.

Uribe was seen taking ground balls at second base and hit in the cage as well, according to reports from Citi Field.

There has been no timeframe offered for Uribe to return. Presumably he would have to go to the team’s minor league complex in Port St. Lucie or travel to the Arizona Fall League to get some at-bats and be cleared to play before returning for the World Series, which begins on October 27 either in Toronto or Kansas City.

Uribe originally injured his chest diving to his left for a ball at second base in a game against the Yankees almost a month ago. He was out for five days, returned in Cincinnati, but reinsured himself swinging the bat. He has not played since the re-injuring his chest.

Sandy Alderson said previously the injury is cartilage-related, but there were no breaks or other soft tissue damage indicated.

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