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Vic Black to have shoulder examined

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud talks with starting pitcher

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud talks with starting pitcher Zack Wheeler during the third inning of an MLB baseball game at Citi Field on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Mets reliever Vic Black will have his shoulder examined by team doctors Sunday after experiencing a 2-mph dip in his fastball velocity and saying "something just doesn't feel right."

The righthander, pitching for the second time Saturday since coming off the disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck, described his shoulder as weak. "I felt like I was on the gas pedal and I couldn't get anything out of it," he said.

Black struggled with his control in his one inning, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. He also gave up Ian Desmond's RBI double off the top of the right-centerfield wall.

"We have a few concerns there," manager Terry Collins said.

Zack attacked in loss

Zack Wheeler gave up six runs in four innings in a 10-3 loss to the Nationals Saturday night at Citi Field, marking his first rough outing in nearly three months. He came in 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA in his previous 13 starts.

As Wheeler closes his first full season in the majors, he needs to improve his efficiency. He's averaged 17.8 pitches per inning, which is tied with Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi for second most in the majors. Only the Angels' C.J. Wilson (17.9) averages more.

Wheeler needed 100 pitches to get through four innings plus three batters. He gave up seven hits, including a two-run homer by Bryce Harper in the second inning. "It was just one of those nights where I didn't have my best stuff," Wheeler said.

Mets pitchers yielded 15 hits in the loss to Doug Fister (14-6, 2.55). Juan Lagares had three hits, Curtis Granderson added two and Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer for the Mets.

 

Extra bases

The Mets need to draw an average of 26,348 fans per game during their final seven home games to eclipse last year's total of 2,135,657. Their attendance has dropped every year since they opened Citi Field in 2009 . . . Rafael Montero, who threw 51/3 scoreless innings Wednesday, will be in the bullpen starting Sunday . . . Matt den Dekker was hit in the left hand with a pitch Tuesday and still can't grip a bat, Collins said.

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