Mets ace Santana throws 2 shutout innings vs Cards

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- New York Mets ace Johan Santana pitched two scoreless innings against St. Louis on Tuesday in his first game facing major league hitters in 18 months.

Santana gave up one hit and one walk. He threw 29 pitches, 17 for strikes, in the Mets' second game of spring training.

The two-time Cy Young winner last pitched to big league hitters on Sept. 2, 2010, in a game against Atlanta. Two weeks later he underwent surgery on his left shoulder.

This time last year, Santana was working toward a potential return in June, but the Mets shut him down in August after he pitched just five innings with the Class A St. Lucie Mets.

It is still uncertain whether Santana will be ready to pitch in the majors by opening day.