Juan Uribe is available and 100 percent healthy, and is NOT the backup shortstop
The Mets activated Juan Uribe for the World Series, replacing Matt Reynolds on the roster on Tuesday.
During his media briefing with reporters, manager Terry Collins said Uribe is 100 percent healthy and able to contribute as necessary.
“I can’t find anyone who has two World Series rings except him,” Collins said on Tuesday about Uribe. “We think that’s a big factor.”
Collins is more concerned that Uribe hasn’t played consistently in five weeks thanks to becoming inactive after sustaining a chest contusion after diving for a ball in a game against the Yankees last month.
With the Mets not carrying a natural backup to Wilmer Flores at shortstop, Collins said it would be Kelly Johnson – not Uribe – to replace Flores if Flores gets hurt and has to exit the game.
Johnson is serving as the designated hitter in Game 1 – if he enters the game in the field the Mets would lose the designated hitter.