Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:06:10 -0800
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will be shut down indefinitely and will visit with a specialist in the next few days, according president of baseball operations John Hart. The team is taking a proactive approach, and they're hoping it's not a season-ending injury. Hart also said Minor might have another MRI exam on his shoulder. SPs Eric Stults, Wandy Rodriguez, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos are competing for the fifth rotation spot, but if Minor isn't ready to start the season, the Braves could go with two of those pitchers in the rotation.
Fantasy Tip: The Braves are definitely hoping this injury is minor. But after Minor's frustrating 2014 season in which he dealt with plenty of shoulder woes, this can't be a good sign early in spring. Minor was considered a sleeper candidate before this news after being just a year removed from a 13-9 season in which he posted an ERA of 3.21 and a K/9 of 8.0 in 32 starts. Minor might still be worth a late-round stab in mixed leagues, but definitely keep an eye on the results of his shoulder tests.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:35:15 -0800
Atlanta Braves SP Wandy Rodriguez has impressed so far in his spring workouts, and he is a leading candidate for the No. 5 starting rotation spot. Rodriguez is competing with SPs Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos for the spot. The Braves could consider putting Foltynewicz or Banuelos in the bullpen if they don't win the job. Rodriguez has made only 18 starts the last two years due to injuries, and he was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in six starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Rodriguez is healthy and throwing the ball with little effort.
Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez would only be an option as a late-round pick in deep mixed leagues if he wins that final rotation spot. There's a lot of spring competition left, so we likely won't know for a while. Stay tuned.
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:58:54 -0800
Atlanta Braves SPs Wandy Rodriguez, Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos will likely be the candidates for the fifth starting position, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. RP James Russell will move back to the bullpen.
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:05:23 -0800
Atlanta Braves SP Manny Banuelos may be in the mix for a rotation spot in spring training.
Thu, 01 Jan 2015 19:19:11 -0800
The Atlanta Braves acquired P Manny Banuelos from the New York Yankees in exchange for P David Carpenter and P Chasen Shreve.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 21:36:39 -0800
New York Yankees SP Manny Banuelos (elbow) appeared in his first Grapefruit League spring game Saturday, March 8, since Tommy John surgery. It was his first game action in nearly two years. "The best thing is I feel healthy," Banuelos said.
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:19:40 -0800
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Manny Banuelos (elbow) is getting closer to working in a Grapefruit League spring game. He was able to throw batting practice Monday, March 3.
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:43:14 -0800
New York Yankees SP Manny Banuelos (elbow) threw live batting practice Monday, March 3.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:02:04 -0800
New York Yankees SP Manny Banuelos is likely to start the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after coming back from Tommy John surgery, but the team will keep a close eye on him this spring.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:07:24 -0800
New York Yankees SP Manny Banuelos (elbow) has not thrown a pitch in a professional ballgame in more than 18 months, as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. However, a source said that as soon as this season, Banuelos might turn out to be a useful part of the team's bullpen. "Banuelos has got that big arm," a front office source said. "If it's still there and the lightning still strikes then you're going (to) see people say, (expletive) it, bring him with us (on opening day)."