Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. MLB

Banuelos allows three runs in return from Tommy John surgery

See also

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Pitching in his first game in nearly two years, former New York Yankees top prospect Manny Banuelos allowed three runs in the team’s 9-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

The first three batters Banuelos faced were arguably the three best hitters in the Astros lineup. Jose Altuve doubled, Jason Castro walked and Chris Carter hit a changeup for a three-run homer before Banuelos had gotten a single out.

The 22-year-old left-hander would rebound quickly, striking out George Springer and getting Jesus Guzman to ground out to second base before hitting his pitch limit and being removed for Chase Whitley.

“It was awesome,” Banuelos told reporters after his outing. “I just got the great feelings and all. I almost forgot that. Now I’m just happy.”

Of course, “happy” and “awesome” are relative terms. Banuelos certainly struggled in his first game back from Tommy John surgery, but his fastball was sitting around 93 MPH, which was three or four miles per hour higher than he expected.

"I heard my velocity was good. I heard that and I'm very happy for that," Banuelos said. "And I feel strong, so I've got to make adjustments for the pitches, but I can feel almost like before."

Banuelos, who ranks as the organization's eleventh-best prospect according to Baseball America, also drew the praise of his catcher, Francisco Cervelli, after the outing.

"I know that he's been working so hard because we were together at the [Himes] complex," Cervelli said. "I know the frustration and everything. He was so good. He had the speed, he just needs confidence and he'll be back."

Dan is Examiner.com’s beat writer for the New York Yankees and the Trenton Thunder. Follow him on Twitter at @danpfeiffer74 for all the latest New York Yankees news.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Ted Nugent
    Ted Nugent concert at Native American casino canceled because of obvious reasons
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    Pat Bowlen steps down as Broncos owner following Alzheimer's diagnosis
    Video
    NFL Buzz
  • Tina Fey
    See why Tina Fey is possibly the most popular woman in comedy at the moment
    Today's Buzz
  • Mick Jagger
    Mick Jagger promotes 'Get On Up' in New York, including Apollo Theater premiere
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Boyhood
    The new film 'Boyhood' chronicles twelve years of one boy's life
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Buffy
    We're counting down ten of the finest episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
    Camera
    7 Photos