Banuelos to miss all of 2013

Brian Cashman is giving an interview on WFAN, and while much of the conversation is very similar to the interview he did on ESPN Radio Sunday, the Yankees’ general manager did confirm that Manny Banuelos, the team’s top pitching prospect, will miss the entirety of the 2013 season following Tommy John surgery. That’s not a surprise, obviously, but the Yankees arent even going to hint that he could make an early return, apparently.

Banuelos, who was all the rage after a strong Spring Training performance in 2011, struggled with walking batters after being promoted to Double-A that season, and then missed almost all of 2012, first with a back injury and then with an elbow injury. The latter problem was originally diagnosed as being non-structural and the Yankees were hoping to have him pitching in winter ball, but announced that he would indeed need Tommy John surgery during the last week of the regular season.

(h/t to Rob Abruzzese for alerting me to the interview)

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2 thoughts on “Banuelos to miss all of 2013

  1. That is good news in my book, they are not trying to rush anyone back in an area where their ability to develop has been, fairly or unfairly, questioned. I say this is a good call and a good sign.

    Also, the last few days have got me thinking a lot about this silly 189M cap the Yankees are dealing with. I think it’s a great thing to get under that limit even if just for a year to reset the penalties. It will limit the Yankees, true, but it also limits the amount of money that goes to the other teams as well. Forcing those teams to decide how to deal with that loss, and let’s face it most owners care more about making money than winning, so they may decide to re-coup some of those losses by cutting back on their own team salaries.

  2. The $189M artificial cap would appear to be an example of short term pain for long term gain. That's if you want to call a $189M austerity and painful. Frankly, if Cashman and company cannot field a competitive (if not championship) team for that money, then I think we all can agree that they all should be shown the door. But once the penalties are reset, they'll go back to bringing in high ticket luxury items for us to watch. We are a spoiled lot, aren't we?