Johan Santana gave the Mets all they could have wanted Tuesday afternoon.
The veteran lefty threw two shutout innings against the Cardinals in his first action against major league hitters since Sept. 2, 2010. Santana threw 29 pitches, allowing a hit and walk.
"Finally I had an opportunity to go out there and finally get the first one out of the way," Santana said. "I tried to throw all my pitches and get adapted to the mound, but it felt pretty good."
Santana's velocity was mostly in the high 80s, with his fastball peaking at 90 mph on a first-inning pitch to Matt Holliday.
"He threw free and loose. He looked like the Santana we've seen before," a scout said afterward. "He didn't throw any breaking balls, but his fastballs did touch 90 and his changeup, the first couple weren't very good, and then suddenly the old Santana changeup came back."
The two-time Cy Young winner with the Minnesota Twins will make his next start Sunday against the Marlins.
"The way I feel right now and the way I ended up the game today, it was good," said Santana, who is recovering from left shoulder surgery. "It's a good sign, so hopefully we'll be back on the mound in five games."
Santana, who turns 33 next week, was 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA in 29 starts in 2010.
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