The Braves still think Manny Banuelos can regain the form that made him a top prospect in the Yankees organization before needing Tommy John surgery in 2012, but at 24, he's going to have to prove it sooner than later. He did have a 2.23 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett last year, but with way too many walks (4.3 per nine) and not enough strikeouts (7.3 per nine) given the level of competition. His ratios were similar in his first taste of the majors -- a stint that was interrupted by (gulp) left elbow inflammation. He did return from a DL stint in September, but the Braves ultimately decided to shut him down because of the elbow. Provided he checks out this spring, he'll be in the mix for a rotation spot, but he's the kind of low-probability upside pick best left for NL-only leagues.
Braves pitcher Manny Banuelos underwent surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur in his left elbow. His season will come to a close following the procedure, but at least the issue isn't anything too significant in nature. The young southpaw should be ready for spring training, at which point he'll likely battle for a rotation spot in 2016.
Braves pitcher Manny Banuelos has been scratched from his next start, which had been scheduled for Friday. Banuelos is still being bothered by an elbow issue that forced him to miss more than a month of action earlier this season. The right-hander is expected to have another vist with Dr. James Andrews next week before the Braves announce when Banuelos will take the mound next. The Braves are confident that there is no structural damage to his surgically repaired elbow, but the residual pain has caused some concern, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The pounding Braves starter Manny Banuelos absorbed in his first outing since returning from an elbow injury has not prevented Fredi Gonzalez from keeping him in the rotation for now. Gonzalez confirmed that Banuelos will start Sunday in Washington, but will be limited to about 70-75 pitches, per MLB.com. Banuelos performed well during a three-week stint in July before going down. But he allowed three runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday against Miami.
The first start after activation from the disabled list was not what Braves left-hander Manny Banuelos had in mind. Banuelos couldn't make it out of the third inning against visiting Miami. He allowed three runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings with one walk and no strikeouts. Three singles and a walk resulted in two runs on his ledger in the first. An RBI single by Conor Gillespie in the third knocked him out of the game. The poor outing raised his ERA on the year to 3.33.
The Braves made a flurry of roster moves with the expansion of the roster on Tuesday. Left-hander Manny Banuelos (elbow) was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and he'll start Tuesday's game against the Marlins. Additionally, right-handers Danny Burawa and Brandon Cunniff , as well as infielders Hector Olivera and Daniel Castro were recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.