Just when Mets right-handed relief pitcher Vic Black thought he was ready to rejoin the major league club, he got some surprising news: instead he had been demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Black, who was shut down on March 19 with shoulder soreness and subsequently placed on the disabled list, has been out for the entire 2015 season and has spent close to two months rehabbing before being activated on Sunday.In two rehab appearances with Las Vegas, Black had a 27.00 ERA in 1.1 innings pitched, although his stint with the Double-A Binghamton Mets was far more successful: zero runs allowed in six appearances.
Black appeared in 41 games with the Mets last year, posting a 2.60 ERA and 1.298 WHIP, and was expected to play in important part in the 2015 Mets bullpen before being injured.
Bobby Parnell must be activated on Wednesday, which marks 30 days on the disabled list, but his recent outings certainly are cause for concern. If the Mets put Parnell back on the disabled list—for whatever reason they concoct—after activating him, Black could be brought up to replace him on the 25-man roster; the 10-day requirement for optioning players is dropped if another player is placed on the disabled list.