Jim Henderson, who signed a minor league contract this offseason with the Mets, was a bright spot in Tuesday's 2-0 win against the Royals.
Henderson, 33, worked a spotless seventh inning in New York's shutout. He looked sharp, striking out two, and hit 96 MPH on his final pitch in his first MLB appearance in roughly two years.
"That was exciting," Henderson said of Tuesday's debut. "I didn't really have the butterflies like I did in [my] debut and stuff, like I thought I might have. I probably was more nervous in spring training than I was today. I just felt under control in the bullpen the whole time, and then I just took that out to the game and was as aggressive as I could be out there."
The veteran is trying to revive his career in New York, after shoulder surgeries have caused him to miss the past 23 months.
Henderson earn a spot in the bullpen this spring after allowing only one run over nine appearances in Grapefruit League action.
"It's a great story," Terry Collins added. "He came in today and threw very good. I'm really impressed how he handled spring training. We'll try to make sure we get him some rest during the season and not try to overuse him."
The Mets hope Henderson can recapture his 2013 form, when he saved 28 games with Milwaukee and posted a 2.70 ERA in 60 relief appearances.