The Atlanta Braves got a bit of good news in regards to rookie pitcher Manny Banuelos and his troublesome elbow on Thursday. The Braves announced that Banuelos had undergone successful surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow. Famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed the operation.
Braves LHP Manny Banuelos underwent successful surgery today, as Dr. James Andrews performed a left elbow bone spur removal.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 17, 2015
Banuelos was scratched from a start a little over a week ago due to lingering soreness in his elbow. He was to be examined this week by Dr. Andrews and today's surgery was a result of that examination. Given Banuelos' history with Tommy John surgery, it was good news to learn that the elbow was structurally sound.
Bone spur had not caused any damage to the ligament in Banuelos' elbow. This was best-possible scenario, #Braves very pleased with news.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) September 17, 2015
Banuelos appeared in seven games for the Braves this season going 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in 26 1/3 innings pitched. He made 17 starts while at Gwinnett where he was 6-2 with a 2.23 ERA.