Relief pitcher Vic Black was removed from the Mets 40-man roster today and outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Black, who was a solid member of the 2014 Mets relief corps, first struggled to get healthy, and then struggled with his control while trying to get back to the majors this season.
Black, 27, posted a 2.60 ERA in 41 appearances for the Mets in 2014. He entered this spring as a favorite to claim a spot in the bullpen, but was derailed by shoulder inflammation and a herniated disc in his neck. Since returning from the injuries, he has struggled mightily for Las Vegas. In 27 appearances, Black is 1-4 with a 7.94 ERA and has given up hits and walks at an alarming rate. He has allowed 29 hits and has issued 25 walks in just 22.1 innings of work for the 51s and has also uncorked seven wild pitches.
The Mets acquired Black from the Pirates at the end of August in 2013—along with second base prospect Dilson Herrera—in a deal that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh.