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Vic Black down but not out

Mets relief pitcher Vic Black (38) reacts after

Mets relief pitcher Vic Black (38) reacts after allowing a go-ahead home run to Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado in the eighth inning of a game in New York, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

News from the Mets' infirmary: Relief pitcher Vic Black will be shut down "for the next five or six days," manager Terry Collins said, because of a strain in his right rotator cuff.

"He's going to rest it and we're going to resume some throwing, probably this coming weekend," Collins said.

General manager Sandy Alderson said team doctors told him that Black's problem is "basically fatigue, normal fatigue" and not connected to a neck injury he suffered last month.

"It's conceivable he won't pitch again this season," Alderson said. "We're not shutting him down completely. It's possible that, with a little rest, he'll be able to pitch again. But he won't pitch if that puts him in jeopardy in any way."

 

Nimmo sighting

Among the 11 players the Mets honored for their performance with the organization's minor-league teams was outfielder Brandon Nimmo, their 2011 first-round draft pick, who hit .278 with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs this season for Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.

"Did you see his batting practice today?" Alderson said of the 6-3, 205-pound Wyoming native, drafted out of high school. "There's a lot more man there than there was a year and a half ago. He's continued to be a very good player across the board. He's starting to develop the kind of power we'd like to see in an outfielder."

"Obviously, I'm older," said Nimmo, 21, "and that makes a big difference. But also the training I put in in the offseason and the nutrition, all that. I'm getting a little bit more power, a little bit more body control, better swing, that kind of stuff. So yes, I am a lot stronger now than a year ago."

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