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Mets Release Jose Valverde, Vic Black Recalled

By Sam Maxwell

The New York Mets have released Jose Valverde, and will bring up Vic Black, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

May 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jose Valverde (47) reacts against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

After giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in 0.2 inning pitched on Monday, blowing the win for the Mets and Jacob deGrom, Valverde’s ERA ballooned to 5.66 in 20.2 innings pitched.

Vic Black was recalled after acting as the 26th man in Sunday’s doubleheader. He did not make an appearance. Black was acting as the Las Vegas 51s’ closer.

After being sent down to work on his control at the end of spring training, Black continued to struggle with throwing more strikes, but had been much better recently, leading to his promotion to closer.

Overall, Vic Black is 0-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched, having struck out 18 while walking 17.


The shakeup continues after hitting coach Dave Hudgens’ firing.

Why the Mets needed Valverde’s putrid outing on Monday to come to this decision after recalling Black for the doubleheader, I have NO idea.

Vic Black goes from Las Vegas to New York to El Paso, Texas and now back to New York in the matter of just over a day. He’s probably loving planes right now.