NEW YORK — The New York Mets have called up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan on their big league roster.
Matsuzaka’s contract was selected Wednesday from Triple-A Las Vegas. New York sent Lannan outright to Triple-A.
Matsuzaka, a 33-year-old former Boston Red Sox right-hander, went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the Mets last year. He posted a 2.25 ERA in two starts for Las Vegas this year.
Lannan, a 32-year-old left-hander, was 1-0 with a 15.25 ERA in five relief appearances for the Mets this year. He has the choice to refuse the outright assignment and elect to become a free agent.