Banuelos was activated from the disabled list Monday and optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, Charles Odum of the Associated Press reports. Banuelos was on the DL while recovering from some elbow soreness, but it seems the Braves are finally ready to let him pitch fully. He'll start with their Triple-A affiliate, but considering the tumult at the major league level, he could even garner a few starts in Atlanta if he finds success in the minors.
Banuelos (elbow) could move up to Triple-A Gwinnett for his next rehab start, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Renewed elbow soreness forced Banuelos -- a Tommy John survivor -- to the DL to start the year, but he returned to action with Low-A Rome on Sunday, tossing two innings against Augusta. Banuelos did not fare well, giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks, but the team may bump him up the ladder for his next outing regardless. He could see a few starts for Atlanta down the road, but his history of elbow troubles figures to scare off most.
Banuelos (elbow) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Banuelos has been dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired elbow and has not thrown in spring training since Mar. 22. The Braves certainly won't rush him back, so it's difficult to ascertain how long he could remain on the DL to begin the year.
Banuelos is dealing with some elbow soreness, but an MRI showed no structural damage, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The left-hander hasn't appeared in a game since Mar. 22 because of the ailment. Although there is no structural damage, this is not good to hear considering his lengthy history of elbow issues (most recently taking place earlier this spring). His status for the start of the season should become clearer in the coming days, although it wouldn't be surprising for the Braves to be extra cautious with their young pitcher given how fragile his elbow has proven to be.
Banuelos is out of the running for a spot in the Braves' rotation, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The lefty was being considered for one of the Braves' final two rotation spots despite being delayed at the start of camp after undergoing another elbow procedure. However, Banuelos struggled in his debut, and a five-run blowup last week (over 1.2 innings) took him out of the mix. Some have speculated that a bullpen role could be in the cards for Banuelos, but according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves are more inclined to keep him on the regular schedule of a starter given his history of elbow problems.
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