Mets LHP Jason Vargas allowed three runs and three hits in four innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday at Cashman Field.
Vargas, who will likely make his Mets debut this weekend after manager Mickey Callaway relegated RHP Matt Harvey to the bullpen, has been out since mid-March after undergoing surgery on his non-throwing hand.
Vargas retired five of the first six hitters he faced before giving up three runs and three doubles in the third inning. He recorded two of his four strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fourth inning.
"I felt good," Vargas said, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal's Betsy Helfand. "I went out there, was able to accomplish what I came here to do. Definitely wouldn't have liked to give up three runs, but that's just how it goes sometimes."
The 35-year-old Vargas, whom New York signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, threw 42 of 66 pitches for strikes.
Last season, Vargas went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA in 32 starts with the Kansas City Royals.