Vic Black, who as recently as today looked as though he would be ready to make a speedy return to the Mets bullpen, is staring at another setback on his road back to the big leagues.
Black will be getting an MRI of his shoulder/neck, where he is feeling soreness. Sandy Alderson said that Black, who pitched last night for Binghamton, was going to be looked at by doctors again, and that along with the soreness in his neck there's an issue that they haven't been able to pinpoint.
If this does turn out to be a complication in Black's rehab, it comes at a very inopportune time for the Mets, whose bullpen is starting to run thin as it is. After Sunday's game against the Marlins it was discovered that Jerry Blevins, who had taken a ball off of his forearm and had to exit the game, was diagnosed with a fracture, putting him out of commission indefinitely.
Black began his rehab this past week and has split time between High-A Port St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. So far, he's thrown three innings and has allowed one run on two hits while walking two and striking out three. He dealt with shoulder and neck soreness last season off and on, but it's unclear whether or not this is related.