Vic Black, who landed on the 7-day disabled list earlier this week with a pinch nerve in his neck, returned to action for Las Vegas Friday night and pitched a scoreless inning.
Sep 24, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Vic Black throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Mets won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Black allowed no hits, walked one and struck out two.
The Mets want Black, who was left off the 25-man roster after a poor spring, to show improved control before promoting him.
With the way John Lannan has pitched thus far – and due to the fact that he had never pitched in relief prior to this season – it’s fair to assume that Lannan will be the odd man out when Black makes his eventual return to the majors.
After being acquired from Pittsburgh last season with Dilson Herrera in exchange for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, Black posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 13 innings pitched over 15 appearances. He walked four and struck out 12.