Black has cuff strain; season may be over

Vic Black

Vic Black

#38 RP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM41
  • W2

  • L3

  • BB19

  • K32

  • ERA2.60

NEW YORK -- An MRI on Monday revealed reliever Vic Black has a small rotator-cuff strain in his right shoulder, Sandy Alderson said.

Black will refrain from throwing for five to six days. He then will test the shoulder, although Alderson noted that does not mean he necessarily will get in another game this season.

Alderson said the rotator-cuff issue is being attributed to fatigue and is unrelated to the herniated disk in Black's neck, according to doctors.

Black's velocity has sagged in each of his last two relief appearances.

"It's conceivable he won't pitch again this season, but we're not shutting him down completely," Alderson said. "It's possible that with a little bit of rest he'll be able to pitch again. He won't pitch if it puts him in jeopardy in any way. But we're not in the business of just shutting people down."