In five innings of work during which he threw 90 pitches, Matsuzaka allowed three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out four.
Earlier this spring, Matsuzaka was paid a $100,000 retention bonus in order for the Mets to be able to send him to Triple-A.
Matsuzaka has an out in his contract at the end of May if he hasn’t yet been called up to the major leagues.
Las Vegas ultimately defeated Sacramento 7-6.
Also notable Monday night for Triple-A Las Vegas:
- Wilmer Flores started at shortstop and went 1 for 4 at the plate.
- Bobby Abreu went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles.
- Cesar Puello went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
- Josh Edgin pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Next up for Las Vegas:
Rafael Montero gets the start Tuesday night at 10:05 PM.