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Collins not ruling out roster spot for Uribe

NEW YORK -- All smiles as usual, Mets infielder Juan Uribe emerged from the Citi Field clubhouse early Friday afternoon to participate in a routine round of infield practice. Though it remains unlikely that Uribe, who has not played since Sept. 25 due to a chest injury, will make the World Series roster, New York is not dismissing that possibility just yet.

"Until we know who we're playing, that's going to dictate a lot about who's going to be on the roster," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

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Part of Collins' implication was that if the Mets play the Blue Jays, who feature left-hander David Price in their rotation, they may be more likely to press things with Uribe. But if it's the Royals, who do not possess a single left-handed starter, the Mets will have fewer qualms sticking with players -- left-handed infielder Kelly Johnson, for example -- whom they know are healthy.

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Uribe hit six home runs in 44 games after coming to the Mets in a July 24 trade, but he has been unavailable since injuring his chest diving for a ball in late September. Even if Uribe can prove to the Mets that he is healthy, they will be wary of rostering a player who has not seen live pitching in over a month.

Uribe is, however, the Mets' only player with a World Series ring. He won titles with the White Sox in 2005 and the Giants in '10.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.
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