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MRI says Vic Black has slightly herniated disc in neck

Mets relief pitcher Vic Black reacts as he

Mets relief pitcher Vic Black reacts as he wipes his face after he was pulled by manager Terry Collins Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, June 5, 2014. Credit: AP / Nam Y. Huh

Mets righty Vic Black was relieved Wednesday night when an MRI exam on his neck revealed a slightly herniated disc, an injury that he believes will require just a few more days of rest.

"It shouldn't be a big deal," said Black, who is taking anti-inflammatory medication. "I'll be able to finish out the season."

Black, 26, has a 2.20 ERA in 39 appearances and has stranded 25 of 26 inherited baserunners.

While pitching at Triple-A Las Vegas earlier this season, Black said he endured a similar neck issue, which sidelined him for little more than a week. An MRI at the time revealed bone spurs near his vertebrae that caused nerve irritation.

"It's just uncomfortable to throw," Black said. "It's hard to do something rotational when you can't rotate."

Black said he felt some discomfort before warming up last week in Oakland. Following his last outing Saturday against the Dodgers, Black reported more stiffness than usual.

"I'm just trying to knock it out a lot sooner rather than push it and make it worse," he said.

"Outside of that, it's a nice break for the arm. But I'd rather be out there."

According to a source, the Mets don't believe Black's neck issue to be similar to the one that forced closer Bobby Parnell's surgery during the 2013 season. He had also been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck.

According to Black, doctors said his injury requires only rest in the offseason.


Left out

Lefthander Josh Edgin sat out for a second straight game. Mets manager Terry Collins said Edgin has been pitching through bone spurs that had caused irritation, but that he hoped a few days of rest might calm the issue. In 11 August outings, Edgin (1.40 ERA) has yet to allow an earned run.

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