''I think Daisuke is in a better spot now at the end of the year than he was at the beginning of the year,'' Antonetti said. ''Hopefully he can get that major league opportunity and go help someone.''
Ex-Mets and Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to the country to pitch after signing with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball.
The Mets put Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday after he experienced elbow discomfort in his two-inning stint during Thursday's 9-1 loss in Milwaukee.
New York Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to take the mound for Single-A St. Lucie on Monday in a rehab start, but manager Terry Collins says the pitcher will still need one or two more before returning to the majors.