Banuelos agreed to a contract last week with the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, CPBLStats.com reports.
After being cut loose by the Mariners in May, Banuelos didn't take long to find work overseas. The 29-year-old lefty should claim a spot in the Fubon rotation and will look to find success in China before likely exploring a move back to affiliated ball in 2021.
The Mariners released Banuelos on Thursday.
After spending the past three seasons exclusively in the minors, Banuelos resurfaced in MLB with the White Sox in 2019, starting in eight of his 16 appearances and registering a 6.93 ERA and 44:33 K:BB in 50.2 innings. Those poor numbers and his history of injuries forced Banuelos to settle for a minor-league deal this winter, and though his contract included an invitation to big-league camp, he wasn't a serious candidate to crack the Mariners' Opening Day roster.
Banuelos signed with the Mariners as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
Banuelos spent 2019 with the White Sox but posted a 6.93 ERA, 1.84 WHIP and 44:33 K:BB in 16 appearances, including eight starts. The 28-year-old hadn't previously worked in the majors since 2015, and he seems unlikely to be a significant factor for the Mariners barring a serious turnaround.
Banuelos was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and will become a minor-league free agent at the end of the World Series.
Banuelos pitched in the big leagues in 2019 for the first time since 2015 but did very little to suggest that he deserved another chance. In 50.2 innings of work, he posted a 6.93 ERA, striking out 18.7 percent of opposing batters while walking 14.0 percent.
Banuelos tossed two scoreless innings in relief Tuesday in the White Sox's 11-0 loss to the Indians. He gave up no hits and a walk and struck out two in the 40-pitch appearance.
Banuelos was briefly shut down earlier this month due to a bruised left foot, but he returned to action in a bullpen role over the weekend. With a doubleheader on tap Friday against the Tigers, the White Sox will need to add a sixth starter to the mix at some point this weekend. Banuelos could be a top candidate to fill that opening.
Banuelos was diagnosed with a bruised left foot after leaving Monday night's game against the Indians, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
This is good news for Banuelos, who was struck by a comebacker and forced to exit the ballgame. Considering the nature of the injury, he's unlikely to require a trip to the injured list.
Banuelos left Monday's game against the Indians after taking a comebacker off his left foot, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Banuelos was forced to exit the game with the team trainer after being struck by a comebacker, though the severity of his injury is not yet known. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.
The White Sox reinstated Banuelos (shoulder) from the 60-day injured list Sunday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Shut down since mid-June with the left shoulder issue, Banuelos spent most of August on the farm rehabbing the injury. He eventually made his way to Triple-A Charlotte for his fifth and final rehab appearance during the past week, covering four innings and giving up seven runs during that outing. Though he made eight starts for the White Sox prior to hitting the shelf, Banuelos is expected to work in relief initially in his return to the big club.
Banuelos (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Banuelos has been out with shoulder inflammation since mid-June. He's made four rehab appearances thus far, giving up 10 runs (seven earned) in 14.1 innings while posting a 1.81 WHIP. He'll likely spend most of September in the big leagues, though it's not clear what role he'll have down the stretch.
Banuelos (shoulder) worked four innings Monday in his second rehab start with the White Sox's rookie-level Arizona League affiliate. He allowed no runs on no hits and one walk and struck out five.
After the lights-out showing at rookie ball, Banuelos looks ready to test himself at a higher-level affiliate in what would likely mark the final step of his rehab program. Banuelos, who has been on the shelf since mid-June with the shoulder issue, isn't certain to recapture a rotation spot with Chicago once he's activated from the 60-day injured list.
Banuelos (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
The move doesn't appear to have any effect on Banuelos' return date, as he's been on the injured list for nearly 60 days already and his return doesn't appear to be imminent. It clears a spot for Hector Santiago's contract to be selected from Triple-A Charlotte.
Banuelos (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game this week, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Banuelos has been sidelined since mid-June with left shoulder inflammation, but he's making solid progress in his recovery at the team's spring training facilities in Arizona. If everything goes well during the southpaw's simulated outing Thursday, he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment shortly thereafter.
Banuelos was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with left shoulder inflammation.
Banuelos apparently picked up the injury during his most recent appearance, which came in relief against the Yankees over the weekend. The severity of the issue is not yet known, leaving the left-hander without a timetable for his return. Dylan Covey was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.
Banuelos allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two over 4.2 innings during a no-decision in Tuesday's 7-5 win over Washington.
Banuelos, who ceded a two-run, first-inning home run to Anthony Rendon, was in position for a win, but he couldn't get out of the fifth inning. He battled location issues throughout, but Banuelos managed to keep the Nationals off the board after the opening frame. Tuesday's outing was considered a spot start, so Banuelos should head back to the bullpen moving forward.
Banuelos will start Tuesday's game against Washington, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
A pair of off days allowed the White Sox to skip Banuelos' turn in the rotation last time through, and the righty hasn't pitched since May 30. He owns a 7.36 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in 40.1 innings.
Manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that Banuelos will have his turn in the rotation skipped during the upcoming week, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
With only five games on the docket this week, the White Sox will get by with a four-man rotation, setting Reynaldo Lopez up for starts Tuesday in Washington and Sunday in Kansas City. After covering 5.1 innings in his last start May 30, Banuelos should be available out of the bullpen on his normal four days' rest when the White Sox kick off their two-game set with the Nationals. Unless Chicago decides to promote top pitching prospect Dylan Cease from Triple-A Charlotte within the next week, Banuelos should re-enter the rotation when a fifth starter is needed again July 11 versus the Nationals in Chicago.
Banuelos (3-4) earned the win after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts through 5.1 innings of work against the Indians on Thursday.
The southpaw was making his second start after returning from the injured list with a shoulder strain. It wasn't the prettiest outing, but Banuelos got the job done to earn his first win in a month. His messiest inning of the night came in the second. After striking out Jake Bauers, trouble called with a single to Greg Allen and a walk to Francisco Lindor. Banuelos then hit Oscar Mercado with a pitch to load the bases, and Carlos Santana took advantage with a two-run single to tie the game, 2-2. Luckily Banuelos worked his way out and held the Indians to one run the rest of the way while also getting a tremendous offensive effort from his teammates. Through seven starts and 11 appearances, the 28-year-old holds a 7.36 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 39:25 K:BB. He'll take the mound again Wednesday for a matchup with the Nationals.
Banuelos (2-4) took the loss Saturday as the White Sox lost 8-1 to the Twins. He struck out four and allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over four innings.
Shaky defense by the White Sox cost Banuelos, as the first two runs scored on a first-inning C.J. Cron double that should have been caught by Charlie Tilson. However, he also allowed three fourth-inning runs on a two run-single to Cron and an Ehire Adrianza RBI single. The southpaw wasn't particularly sharp, throwing just 49 of 80 pitches for strikes, and he now holds an ugly 7.71 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and a 36:22 K:BB. Banuelos will try to get on the winning track in his next start Thursday at home against Cleveland.
Banuelos (shoulder) was activated off the injured list ahead of Saturday's start in Minnesota, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
He ended up missing the minimum 10 days with a sore shoulder. The lefty has a 7.26 ERA in 31 innings and will face a Twins team that leads the majors with 101 home runs this season.
Banuelos (shoulder) should start Saturday's game against the Twins, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Banuelos tossed a successful side session Wednesday, and it appears as though he's returned to health. Though an official announcement has yet to be made, the lefty should be back from the injured list after missing the 10-day minimum.
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