Mets' No. 2 prospect Montero returns from DL

Mets' No. 2 prospect Montero returns from DL

Right-hander Rafael Montero, the Mets' No. 2 prospect, returned from the disabled list Wednesday to make a rehab start with the rookie-level Mets in the Gulf Coast League. He threw four innings in a rain-shortened game.

Montero, ranked No. 67 on's Top 100 Prospects list, had been sidelined since he left his start June 14 after throwing just five pitches. He was diagnosed with a strained left oblique and placed on the disabled list.

In his rehab start Wednesday against the Cardinals, Montero struck out six batters and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. The Cardinals won, 2-1, when the game was called in the middle of the fifth inning due to rain.

Montero began the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. He was promoted to the Major Leagues in May and went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts for the Mets before returning to the minors.

In 11 starts with the 51s this season, Montero is 4-2 with a 3.75 ERA. He has struck out 49 batters and walked 24 in 50 1/3 innings.

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