Author: D.J. Short

New York Mets' Juan Uribe (2) looks on after striking out with the bases loaded against New York Yankees relief pitcher Justin Wilson to end the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in New York. Also seen are home plate umpire John Hirschbeck, left, and Yankees catcher Brian McCann. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Juan Uribe could miss start of postseason with chest injury


Mets infielder Juan Uribe aggravated a chest injury during an at-bat last night against the Reds and Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports that there’s now concern that he won’t be ready for the start of the postseason.

Uribe suffered a chest contusion when he dove for a ground ball last Sunday against the Yankees and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since. The exact nature of the injury isn’t clear, but he was in a lot of pain after a check-swing last night.

Uribe has had his share of big postseason moments in the past and was expected to serve a prominent role off the Mets’ bench. If he needs to miss the NLDS, the Mets could carry Eric Young, Jr. as a pinch-running specialist.

Video: Jimmy Rollins jokingly mocks Joe West with staredown

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In case you missed it, long time umpire Joe West engaged in a 17-second staredown with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Thursday. It was just the latest embarrassing showing of conduct on the part of West. Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a pretty amazing callback to the incident during Friday’s game against the Rockies.

Rollins hit a triple into the left-center field gap in the top of the first inning. After sliding into third base safely, he requested time out from West before freezing in place and jokingly mocking him with a staredown. Check it out below:

Bless you, Jimmy Rollins.

Josh Hamilton in starting lineup for first time since August 15

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton points to the dugout celebrating after advancing to second on a run-scoring single against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The hit scored Adrian Beltre. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
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Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ starting lineup just a little over two weeks removed from surgery to to repair a slight meniscus tear in his left knee.

Hamilton has logged two plate appearances as a pinch-hitter over the past week, but this will be his first time in the starting lineup since way back on August 15. He’s starting in left field and will bat eighth against right-hander Collin McHugh. It should be a good test to prove his readiness for the postseason.

Hamilton, 34, is batting .253/.295/.425 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 42 games this season.

Jose Altuve in Astros’ lineup after Friday’s collision with Carlos Correa

Houston Astros trainer Rex Jones, left, leads Jose Altuve off the field after he collided with shortstop Carlos Correa in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

There was a very scary moment for the Astros on Friday, as second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa collided in shallow center field while going after a pop-up. Altuve was forced to exit the game, but he’s back in the lineup this afternoon against the Rangers.

As you can see in the video below, Altuve took a forearm to the face on the play. While he appeared dazed and was stretching out his jaw as he walked off the field, Chandler Rome of reports that he showed no signs of a concussion.

The fading Astros are clinging to a half-game lead over the Angels in the AL Wild Card race.