Cashman: No Plans for Yankees to Call-Up Banuelos

Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:

“If you asked me do I have plans, right now, that he is going to be called up?” Cashman said. “No, right now, I don’t have plans that he is going to be called up. I don’t expect him to be called up. It doesn’t mean he won’t be called up. It doesn’t mean we won’t look at it. Right now, his job description is to finish the season at Triple-A in the starting rotation. There are no current plans to transition him to the bullpen, but that doesn’t mean that is not possible either. On day-to-day, week-to-week basis, we change our minds on a lot of things.”

Acquiring a lefty reliever was one of the things the Yankees targeted at the trade deadline and despite that they never were able to land their man. Sure, they acquired a few smaller fish, but nothing serious and it appeared that they planned on calling up Manny Banuelos to make up for not landing a big name.

Now the Yankees have appeared to have changed course and plan on keeping him in the minors. There are a couple of important reasons for that and they both surround the idea that he is not ready physically. At 20-years-old he is extremely young for Triple-A let alone the majors and his innings are at a career high 116 right now and any more is risking their biggest pitching prospect.

Cashman has left open the idea that things could change. However as long as Boone Logan is doing a solid job and stays healthy it seems like the Yankees won’t risk their top pitching prospect

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