The Los Angeles Dodgers were set to face a former fan favorite in the first round of the playoffs, as Juan Uribe is on the New York Mets.
Uribe was traded from the Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves in May and the from the Braves to the Mets in June. The former Dodger was the Mets third baseman until David Wright returned from injury. He then filled in when needed and even played some second base. He was set to return to Dodger Stadium looking to beat the team that he spent the past five years with.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Dodgers won’t have to face the 2013 NLDS hero after all:
Sandy Alderson says Juan Uribe out for division series.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) October 6, 2015
Uribe injured his chest diving for a ball back in September and has been unable to recover from the injury. He likely would have came off the bench for the Mets in the NLDS, but his bat late in the game could have been a huge asset for the Mets.
The 36-year-old infielder hit .219 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 44 games for the Mets. He beat the Dodgers with a walk-off hit on July 26. He drove a Kenley Jansen pitch deep off the wall for a game-winning single.
With the Dodgers, Uribe had two of the worst seasons in Dodgers history before turning things around in 2013. In the 2013 NLDS, Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of the clinching Game 4. He enjoyed a strong 2014 campaign and came into 2015 as the everyday third baseman, but was eventually traded when Justin Turner took over the spot.