Mets' reliever Vic Black, who is currently rehabbing with Triple-A Las Vegas, is now dealing with what is being called a "minor groin issue." This news comes days after Black's rehab assignment for shoulder tendinitis officially ended last week. He was demoted to Triple-A following the rehab and has not pitched in Las Vegas since June 8, although he has not been put on the disabled list for this injury.
Black's groin problem may be an underlying reason why the club surprisingly promoted right-hander Akeel Morris out of High-A St. Lucie over the veteran pitcher. Black had struggled in the minor leagues this season during his rehab assignment, going 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 appearances. He had, however, been playing better recently, pitching scoreless innings in each of his last two Triple-A outings
In 41 appearances for the Mets last season, Black was 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA. He has not pitched in the major leagues this season.