Before Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves, manager Terry Collins told reporters that relievers Vic Black and Josh Edgin were both unavailable. He did not provide specific information and would not give a definitive time they would return.
As September comes into view, many teams around the major leagues are beginning to see signs of a long season taking its toll on players. Already without Daniel Murphy (calf) and David Wright (shoulder/neck), the Mets were even more short-handed with two of their key relievers out of action.
Regardless the particulars of Black's and Edgin's injuries, Newsday's Marc Carig tweeted Wednesday morning that Black was suffering from a stiff neck and should be available tonight, if needed.
ICYMI Vic Black was down last night to give him an extra day’s rest He's been battling a stiff neck. TC expects him to be OK today.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 27, 2014
In addition, Adam Rubin said that Edgin was battling elbow soreness, though it was no cause for alarm.
Terry Collins said Vic Black and Josh Edgin were unavailable Tuesday. Edgin insisted nothing serious -- just elbow needs day or two rest.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 27, 2014
Both Black and Edgin have proven to be key cogs in New York's revamped bullpen in 2014. The 26-year-old Black has a 2.20 ERA (3.90 xFIP) in 39 appearances while stranding 26 of 27 inherited runners. The left-handed Edgin has been even better, compiling a 1.90 ERA and 2.96 xFIP over 41 games while allowing opposing lefties to hit just .167/.206/.305.