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Vic Black | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mets placed RHP Vic Black on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 24, with a herniated disk in his neck.
Black was given a cortisone injection Thursday, and rather than wait a few days for it to take effect the club has just decided to go ahead and put him on the DL. Daisuke Matsuzaka has taken his spot in the bullpen. Aug 28 - 6:54 PM

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Vic Black received a cortisone injection for the herniated disk in his neck.

Black downplayed the situation on Wednesday, but Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that he's "worried." It doesn't sound like the young reliever is close to returning.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Vic Black has a slight herniated disc in his neck.

Despite the affliction, Black said he's still day-to-day at this point. "The doctors didn’t seem to be too concerned," Black said. "It shouldn’t be a big deal. Be able to finish up the season." Black should be back in a few days.
Aug 27 - 11:17 PM

Vic Black (neck) will still be sidelined a couple more days with bone spurs and stiffness in his neck.

Black hasn't been available the past few days with stiffness, and he had a precautionary MRI on his neck Wednesday. It doesn't sound like it will require a trip to the disabled list at this point.
Aug 27 - 7:23 PM

Vic Black underwent an MRI on his neck Wednesday.

Black has been unavailable for the past couple of days to a lingering feeling of discomfort in his neck. He was diagnosed with a pinched nerve earlier this season at Triple-A Las Vegas. The reliever could require a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Aug 27 - 5:13 PM

Vic Black was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a stiff neck.

Black dealt with a pinched nerve in his neck earlier this season at Triple-A, but it's unclear whether this issue is related. It appears to be a minor concern, as Mets manager Terry Collins expects the reliever to be available Wednesday.
Aug 27 - 11:04 AM

Mets recalled RHP Vic Black from Triple-A Las Vegas.

As expected. Black has been mentioned as a possible closer, but he'll have to iron out his control issues to become an impact arm.
May 26 - 5:23 PM

The Mets are expected to recall right-hander Vic Black from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday.

He's expected to take the roster spot of Jose Valverde, who was released on Monday. Black functioned as the 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader, but he should get a longer look this time around.
May 26 - 5:01 PM

Vic Black will join the Mets on Sunday to serve as the 26th man for their doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

Black has had mixed results at Triple-A Las Vegas, compiling a 1.45 ERA, though he has allowed a ton of baserunners with a 1.55 WHIP and 18/17 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings of work. Until he can consistently throw strikes, he won't be an option to join the Mets bullpen.
May 24 - 10:25 AM

Mets right-handed pitching prospect Vic Black struck out two and walked one in his return from the disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his neck.

Black has struck out four batters in two innings and has yet to allow a hit on the season, but has walked three batters and hit a fourth. He is the epitome of the relief pitcher who walks too many but allows few hits while striking out many batters. If he can keep his walks below four per nine, he could be an elite closer.
Apr 12 - 12:05 PM

Vic Black has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas with a pinched nerve in his neck.

The injury is not believed to be serious, nor the cause of his control problems that got him sent to the minors at the end of spring training. Black is expected to be activated later this week.
Apr 7 - 2:58 PM

Mets optioned RHP Vic Black to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets were hoping that Black would emerge as a set-up man for Bobby Parnell, but he pitched himself out of a job this spring by posting a 6.75 ERA and eight walks over nine innings. He'll try to work on his control in the minors. Meanwhile, Jose Valverde appears to be the most likely option to set up for Parnell, at least initially.
Mar 26 - 11:49 AM

Vic Black allowed two hits and hit a batter before being pulled from Monday's appearance against the Cardinals.

Black didn't get an out in the game. He currently has a 6.75 ERA, and he's walked nine in eight innings this spring. Black was supposed to be the Mets' fallback in the closer's role this year if Bobby Parnell didn't recover from neck surgery as hoped. Now he's probably going to start off in Triple-A because of how poorly he's pitched of late.
Mar 24 - 4:56 PM

Vic Black would get the ball in a save situation Thursday against the Brewers.

Mets manager Terry Collins wants to give LaTroy Hawkins a breather after he threw 19 pitches to lock down Wednesday's win over the Reds. It's worth it to give the young guy a shot, especially if the Mets have real concerns about Bobby Parnell.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Mets recalled RHP Vic Black from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Black was acquired earlier in the week as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd and John Buck trade. The 25-year-old posted a stellar 2.51 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 63/21 K/BB ratio at Triple-A Indianapolis this season, and will make a nice addition to the Mets bullpen.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 07:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Dilson Herrera
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Kirk Nieuwenhuis
2Eric Young Jr.
CF1Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jacob deGrom
6Matt Harvey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Josh Edgin
6Dana Eveland
7Buddy Carlyle
8Daisuke Matsuzaka
9Bobby Parnell