It was a sight for the sore eyes of Mets fans.

Johan Santana was on a mound, pitching in a competitive baseball game, albeit in a spring training game.

Santana threw 29 pitches (17 strikes) over two innings, allowing a hit, a walk and no runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in Grapefruit League action.

"God almighty, I don't know if we can have a bigger step forward today than that," said manager Terry Collins, according to

"The most important thing today was that I felt good," Santana said of his first action since September of 2010 when he tore an anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder.