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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Vic Black, Jeremy Hefner

By on 9/16/2014 04:15:00 PM

Mets right hander Jeremy Hefner appears headed for a second Tommy John surgery, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN. Meanwhile, reliever Vic Black (herniated disc) came off the DL on Sept 8, but now will be shut down for about a week with a strained rotator cuff, says Tim Healey of

Black, who has made two appearances since his return from the DL, has a mild rotator cuff strain, or, as general manager Sandy Alderson called it, "normal fatigue." An MRI taken Monday revealed no structural damage, but it is still possible the righty will not see game action for the rest of the season. Black, 26, is 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

Hefner, 28, underwent Tommy John surgery August 28, 2013 but his rehab was halted when he re-tore the ulnar collateral ligament August 6. He visited Dr. James Andrews on Sunday. "New CT scan and X-rays showed no healing," Hefner wrote on Facebook. "Will continue to rest for a few more weeks. Surgery is likely, but not definite."

Vic Black

The Pittsburgh Pirates' first round draft pick in 2009, Black made his debut July 25, 2013 but was traded to the Mets with Dilson Herrera to the New York Mets for John Buck, Marlon Byrd and cash at the end of August 2013.  He is pre-arb and under team control through 2019.

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