Black had been suffering from "shoulder weakness" late in spring training. He has since been rehabbing with the Mets High-A affiliate in Port St. Lucie.?His?fastball has been clocked?between 93 and 96 MPH?in his rehab appearances.
The Mets acquired Black and?2B??prospect Dilson Herrera?from the Pirates for C?John Buck, OF Marlon Byrd and cash last summer.
Black spent a week on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck?during early April. He?has struck out three, walked two and allowed one hit and no runs during three innings since returning from injury.
#15 ? Vic Black
Black made his big league debut this past July, and lasted four innings over three outings in the Pirates' very good bullpen. He struck out three and walked two.
Go ahead and pencil him in for a spot in the Mets' bullpen next year. Per Brooks Baseball, "he has relied primarily on his?Fourseam Fastball?(97mph), also mixing in a?Curve?(83mph). He also rarely throws a?Slider?(84mph) and?Sinker?(94mph). "