The free agent slugger batted cleanup as the designated hitter for the Carolina Giants in Puerto Rico's winter league. His single came on a fly ball to short left field in the sixth inning.
"I felt better than I expected, for the time I spent without playing. I hadn't seen live pitching since May," he said. "The most important thing is this was a step in the right direction."
"I'm not afraid of sliding. I've done it as part of my rehabilitation process," he said.
The 37-year-old first baseman played in only 26 games during the last season of his contract with the Mets before he was sidelined by a hip injury. He was batting .298 with four homers and 23 RBIs when he went on the disabled list on May 11. He had surgery on May 19.