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Mets injury news: Daisuke Matsuzaka returns to roster, Vic Black heads to DL

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Dice-K's back for the first time in over a month.

Mike Stobe

While one Mets pitcher was activated before tonight's game against the Braves, another headed to the disabled list.

Black has been a solid option out of the bullpen for the Mets this year–noted for his ability to come in with runners on and effectively close out innings–but the team will now have to do without him for a little while.

Meanwhile, taking his place on the roster will be Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list on July 26 with elbow inflammation. After recovering and making several successful rehab starts in the minors, he finally gets the return call today.

Even with the moves, the Mets are still short of a 25-man lineup (as Adam Rubin noted in his blog earlier) because Daniel Murphy remains out with a sore calf, which he is scheduled to get an MRI on.