April 16 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Mets called up right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka from the minor leagues and placed left-hander John Lannan on outright waivers.
Matsuzaka, a 33-year-old who went 3-3 for New York last season, had his contract selected after making two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets said in a news release. He’ll be available today when the club faces the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Matsuzaka was 0-0 with a 2.25 earned run average, striking out 12 in his two minor-league starts.
His 53 wins and 642 strikeouts in Major League Baseball rank third all-time among Japanese-born pitchers. He spent his first six major-league seasons with the Boston Red Sox before joining New York in 2013, when he had a 4.42 ERA while making seven starts. His career ERA is 4.52, with a 53-40 record.
Lannan, 32, appeared in five games this season, allowing seven earned runs in four innings.
The Mets are 7-7, 2 1/2 games behind the National League East Division-leading Atlanta Braves.
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