New York Mets prospects

Daisuke Matsuzaka makes season debut for Triple-A Las Vegas

By Danny Abriano

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lost out to Jenrry Mejia in the race for the final spot in the major league rotation, made his season debut for Triple-A Las Vegas Monday night.

Mar 24, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;New York Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (16) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Next up for Las Vegas:

Rafael Montero gets the start Tuesday night at 10:05 PM.

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