Lars Nootvar of the Major League Baseball Cardinals played an active role, hitting a timely hit in his first exhibition game.

On the 24th, the Cardinals' Nootvar started as the No. 2 left fielder in the exhibition game against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

In the first inning, he stood at bat with no outs on first base, caught the third in-course fastball, and created a chance with a hit to left field.

In his second at-bat in the third inning, with no outs and a chance to play on first and second base, he reacted well to a low curveball and hit a timely hit in front of right field.

Nootbar played until the third inning, had 2 hits, 2 hits, and 1 RBI, and immediately showed off his good batting condition in his first exhibition game.

Nootbar said, ``It was a good day. I was able to get the timing right, and I was able to see the fastballs and breaking balls. I think I was able to solidify my footing and confirm what I needed to confirm.'' It was like that.

Also, regarding the Mets' pitcher Kodai Chiga, who he played against that day, had to withdraw due to muscle tension in his right shoulder, he said, ``I feel very sorry for Chiga.I'm glad he won't have surgery right away.'' I am praying for a speedy recovery."