Mets outright Vic Black to Triple-A Las Vegas

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Rich MacLeodWith the Mets purchasing Eric Young Jr’s contract from Triple-A, the team needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to accommodate the move. The team did just that on Tuesday afternoon, as they’ve outrighted reliever Vic Black to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to multiple reports.

For a guy that was once believed to be an integral part of this Mets bullpen going forward, it’s rather remarkable to see how far he’s fallen out of favor within this organization.

While he started the season on the disabled list with a shoulder weakness due to a herniated disc, it was still believed that Black would make the team if and when he became healthy. That’s not what happened, however, as in June the Mets activated Black off of the disabled list and decided to option him to the minors.

After two weeks in Triple-A, Black then suffered from a minor groin issue, an injury that sidelined him for over a week.

While he posted an impressive 2.60 ERA in 41 appearances with the Mets last season, Black has spent his entire 2015 campaign in Triple-A Las Vegas. In 37 games this year with the 51s, Black is 1-6 with a 6.40 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP. Opponents are hitting .292 against Black this season while he’s averaging 7.79 walks per nine innings.

With Black being outrighted off of the 40-man roster, it is now unlikely that he will be a September call-up at any point, despite the Mets need for bullpen help.

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