Jun 27, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Vic Black (38) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eleventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 3-2 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Vic Black remains sidelined due to neck issue

Vic Black, who was unavailable on Tuesday night because of an issue with his neck, will be out again on Wednesday due to the same problem.

Black recently underwent an MRI, and the Mets are awaiting the results.

According to Black, the neck problem is due to bone spurs he has on his vertebrae.

He had the same type of discomfort earlier in the season while he was with Triple-A Las Vegas. Back then, Black said that he first felt the issue while he was washing his hair. He was placed on the seven-day disabled list until the issue resolved itself.

So far this season for the Mets, the 26-year-old Black has a 2.20 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 32.2 innings pitched.

He’s served as the bridge to both Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia.

Thoughts:

Black doesn’t seem terribly concerned about the neck issue, and the fact that he quickly shook off the same type of problem earlier this season should provide some comfort.

As the Mets saw with Bobby Parnell, though, a neck injury for a pitcher can cause all types of problems.

If the MRI comes back clean, Black should be good to go.

However, at this point in the season, there’s no reason to push it.

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