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Mets unsure whether injured Uribe will be available for playoffs

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Juan Uribe #2 of the New York Mets is attended to by Mets personnel after injuring himself while batting against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park on September 25, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. New York defeated Cincinnati 12-5. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Juan Uribe #2 of the New York Mets is attended to by Mets personnel after injuring himself while batting against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park on September 25, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. New York defeated Cincinnati 12-5. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Infielder Juan Uribe might not be available to the Mets early in the playoffs -- if they get that far -- because of an injury involving his chest cartilage.

Manager Terry Collins says that Uribe aggravated the injury on a swing during a 12-5 win over the Reds on Friday night. The 36-year-old infielder had to leave the game in what the manager called a significant setback.

Collins says initial medical reports aren't encouraging about how long the injury will take to heal. He acknowledges the injury could sideline him into the postseason. The Mets' clinching number is down to one.

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Uribe batted .219 with six homers and 20 RBI in 44 games after the Mets acquired him from the Braves as part of their midseason makeover.