Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa returns to major leagues with renewed confidence

Updated: April 4, 2008, 7:33 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Nelson Figueroa won't be easily rattled in his return to the major leagues after a four-year absence.

Figueroa, called up to the New York Mets on Wednesday, said a baseball tour of the world has given him an assurance on the mound he never felt before.

He said he realized that when he pitched one scoreless inning Wednesday at Florida, his first major league appearance since Sept. 24, 2004.

"I entered that game, and I had a calm about me that I've never had before," ...

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