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.
Vic Black has emerged as an effective late-inning bridge for the Mets this season, but now he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck.
According to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record, Black is also dealing with bone spurs on his vertabrae. After receiving a cortisone shot today, the Mets ultimately decided to place him on the disabled list rather than go short-handed in their bullpen until rosters expand on September 1. As of now, there is no consideration to shutting him down for the season. They’ll have to hope that he avoids a better fate than Bobby Parnell, who was diagnosed with a herniated disk last year and eventually required surgery.
Black, who was acquired from the Pirates last August in the Marlon Byrd deal, owns a 2.20 ERA and 31/18 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings this season. While his control is a work in progress, he has made a knack out of stranding inherited runners.
With Black sidelined, the Mets have activated right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka from the disabled list. The 33-year-old had a 3.87 ERA and 71/44 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings this season prior to going down last month with elbow inflammation.
Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man.
And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns from a herniated disk in his neck it’s possible that Valverde may even get some early season save opportunities.
It’s quite a comeback for Valverde, who had a 5.59 ERA in 20 appearances for the Tigers before being released last season and was largely viewed as an afterthought signing. Vic Black’s struggles opened the door for Valverde to grab hold of a bigger role and Papa Grande will try to show he’s got a little something left in the tank.