Manny Banuelos‘ rookie season is officially over, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the southpaw underwent surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. The 24-year-old was scratched from his scheduled start last Friday due to elbow soreness.
Banuelos previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 when he was a top prospect with the Yankees. The good news is that Dr. James Andrews didn’t find anything wrong with his ulnar collateral ligament this time around. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. According to O’Brien, the Braves are hopeful that he’ll see a spike in velocity after surgery, similar to teammate Arodys Vizcaino.
Banuelos got off to a strong start after his major league debut in early July, but he ended up with a 5.13 ERA and 19/12 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings over six starts and one relief appearance. He figures to compete for a rotation spot in 2016.