Yankees shut down pitching prospect Manny Banuelos

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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.