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8/9/2014 2:49 A.M. ET

Montas shines in return from knee surgery

White Sox No. 3 prospect throws two hitless innings in rookie ball

Right-hander Francellis Montas, the White Sox No. 3 prospect, threw two hitless innings Friday in a rehab start in the Arizona League. The Rookie-level White Sox went on to defeat the Reds, 11-2.

Montas had been sidelined since June when he injured the meniscus in his right knee and underwent surgery to repair it. He missed the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game as a result and the White Sox originally thought he might be out for the season.

But Montas recovered more quickly than expected and he returned to the mound Friday night. He struck out four batters and walked three. He also picked a runner off first.

Montas was on his way to a breakout season before his injury. In 10 starts for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem, he went 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA and struck out 56 batters in 62 innings.

Right-hander Spencer Adams, the White Sox second round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the team's No. 6 prospect, relieved Montas to start the third inning. He struck out nine batters and held the Reds to two runs on six hits and one walk. He has now struck out nine batters in six innings in back-to-back outings and ranks second in the Arizona League with 49 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.