Vic Black clears waivers, off 40-man roster

NEW YORK -- Reliever Vic Black's stock has fallen with the New York Mets.

Black cleared waivers and was outrighted back to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. That move, along with the identical maneuver involving Danny Muno this week, opened the 40-man roster spots for the promotion of Eric Young Jr. and Erik Goeddel's activation from the 60-day DL.

Black, 27, has struggled in the Pacific Coast League this season, going 1-4 with a 7.94 ERA. He has issued 24 walks (one intentional) in 22 2/3 innings with the Triple-A club.

Acquired with Dilson Herrera in August 2013 in the deal that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh, Black had been considered a promising relief prospect. But he has dealt with shoulder issues that have affected his velocity at times, in addition to control issues.