Mets reliever Vic Black will begin the season in Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced today.
In 10 games this spring, Black, has a 5.79 ERA, allowing 13 hits and walking 10 batters, in 9 1/3 innings.
Black, 25, entered spring training expected to be the team’s primary setup man to closer Bobby Parnell.
He had a 3.46 ERA in 15 appearances for the Mets last season after being traded from the Pirates for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Now the question is: Who takes his place? I figured Black would join Bobby Parnell, Carlos Torres, Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice and John Lannan in the Opening Day bullpen. Gonzalez Germen is the only guy on the 40-man who is still in camp that makes sense for this role, and he’s looked good this spring, despite his 5.40 ERA. If I had to guess, I’d say he gets the final slot…