Banuelos Scratched From Start
New York Yankees star pitching-prospect Manny Banuelos was scratched from his scheduled start for the Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park on Monday night with left-arm fatigue. The 23-year old southpaw has spent the 2014 campaign blazing the comeback trail from 2012 Tommy John Surgery with High-A Tampa and Trenton.
The organization has limited and closely monitored the innings of Banuelos, typically to three-inning outings and had seen very promising results up until his last outing on May 14 when he lasted just 0.2 innings on the back-end of a piggy-back outing with Bryan Mitchell.
In his last three starts, Banuelos has gone just 6.2 innings combined while posting a 13.00 ERA; allowing seven hits, six earned runs and six walks. The recent ineffectiveness of Banuelos is likely attributed to the fatigue issues that he is currently facing.
“I’d say I started feeling it about. week and a half ago,” admitted Banuelos. “My last two outings, I’ve felt that and kept pitching because we all never feel 100% when we go out there. I thought it was kind of normal.”
Banuelos added,”I feel a little bit of weakness in my arm, I have some fatigue, but I don’t feel any soreness. They tested my arm, they told me maybe it is “dead arm” or just fatigued.”
In 22.1 innings this season, Banuelos has posted a 4.03 between Tampa and Trenton. Banuelos had said on April 9 that he had felt as strong as it did prior to his surgery and that he was still trying to regain total comfort on the mound and overcome the fear of a reoccurring injury.
“I get scared, I’m doing all of this rehab but I’m always scared, always thinking bout it when I pitch,” said Banuelos. ”
Suffering from fatigue or a “dead arm” period is not uncommon for pitchers making their way back from elbow surgery. The fact that Banuelos has not pitched in over two years is putting stress on his arm that it hasn’t had to endure in quite some time.
“I just don’t feel really strong when I go out there,” Banuelos said. “I don’t feel that confidence to let my arm go.”
Thunder Manager Tony Franklin says that Banuelos will be treated with the upmost caution and will rest for a few days before being reevaluated later this week. A trip to the disabled list was not yet being discussed according to Franklin, but remained a possibility later in the week.
“I’m supposed to try to throw again on Thursday,” said Banuelos. “The trainers said that we will see how it feels after that.”
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