Vic Black demoted; good news for Germen

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
12:23
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Vic Black's shoddy spring-training showing caught up with him.

Once penciled in as the primary set-up man for Bobby Parnell, Black instead was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday morning. That appears good news for Gonzalez Germen's chances of making the Opening Day roster.

Black, acquired Aug. 29 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the trade for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, allowed 13 hits and 10 walks in 9 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. He had a 5.79 ERA in 10 appearances.

"I didn't see it coming, but I also couldn't expect anything different really because what I did was struggle all spring," Black said. "And that's not what they're trying to put together on the team right now. Like they said, especially starting off, you're trying to get hot out of the gates, and I didn't give them the best opportunity for what they were hoping. I know they were disappointed, as am I, which is part of it. But I'll be back."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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