MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reports that Mets manager Terry Collins plans to stick with Jeurys Familia as the club’s closer when Bobby Parnell and Vic Black return from the disabled list. “If Bobby Parnell and Vic Black show up tomorrow, Jeurys Familia will still close,” Collins said.
Parnell had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April. He was reportedly throwing in the low 90’s for most of his rehab appearance with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday.
Black started the season on the disabled list due to shoulder tendinitis and also didn’t appear too sharp in his minor league rehab appearances. He will be undergoing an MRI on his shoulder and neck, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports.
Familia, meanwhile, picked up his sixth save in as many opportunities on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins. He carries a 2.35 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, and a 9/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings this season.
Good news for the Mets’ bullpen this morning, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that an MRI on Vic Black’s right shoulder showed no structural damage. He’s expected to rest for a day, but should be back in action soon.
Black underwent an MRI on January after feeling similar symptoms, but no structural damage was found then either. He’s chalking it up to “fatigue,” but it doesn’t sound like something that will cost him a chance to miss the start of the season.
Known for his electric fastball and spotty control, the 26-year-old Black had a 2.60 ERA and 32/19 K/BB ratio across 34 2/3 innings last season.
Mets reliever Vic Black has been shut down with a shoulder injury just one week after returning from a disabled list stint for a herniated disk in his back.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Black has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff, which seems likely to sideline him for the remainder of the season. He won’t throw again for at least five days.
Black, who was acquired from the Pirates along with Dilson Herrera last August in exchange for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, has pitched well for the Mets with a 2.83 ERA and 44/23 K/BB ratio in 48 innings since the deal.