Coming into the year Baseball America rated Yankees left-hander Manny Banuelos the 29th-best prospect in baseball, but the 21-year-old has been limited to just six starts because of an elbow injury and the team announced that he won’t pitch again this season.
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees hope shutting Banuelos down now will give him enough time to get healthy for winter ball and vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman told Marchand that doctors don’t think he’ll need surgery for a bone bruise.
When asked how the injury originally happened, Newman replied: “That’s a good question.”
If healthy Banuelos may have put himself in position to have a role with the Yankees down the stretch, but now he’ll almost surely begin next season back at Triple-A.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.