The last time the Yankees top prospect Manny Banuelos pitched in a game was on May 18 and it turns out that will be the last game he will pitch all season as they have shut him down for the year after a failed attempt to rehab his sore elbow.
“He’s not going to be back this season,” Yankees VP of baseball operations Mark Newman confirmed to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.
The Yankees have described the injury as a bone injury and not a ligament injury so he will not need Tommy John Surgery. They have simply shut him down as it has not healed quickly enough for him to pitch in the big leagues this season. So rather than rush him back they have shifted the focus on having him pitch in the winter leagues and be 100 percent ready for next season.
“He’ll recover from this,” Newman said. “That’s what our doctors say. We have no doubt about it. At this point, there is no reason to push it. We are trying to be as prepared as we can for next season.”
It has been a rough year for minor league injuries. Not only has Banuelos been shutdown, but so was righty Jose Campos and outfielder Mason Williams. Catcher Austin Romine is just coming back from a back injury now and outfield prospects Tyler Austin (concussion) and Ravel Santana (sore ankle) have also missed time as well.
In just 24 innings, Banuelos finished the year with a 4.50 ERA, a 8.25 K/9 and a 3.75 BB/9. He is still one of the younger pitchers at the Triple-A level so he’s not falling behind in his development, but will probably still need a full season in the minors before being a serious consideration for the Bronx rotation.