Banuelos joined the Braves via a trade with the Yankees in January 2015, made his big league debut in July and was off to a promising start before elbow pain derailed his season. He had arthroscopic elbow surgery in September to remove bone spurs in September. Banuelos missed the entire 2013 season after Tommy John elbow surgery and was on an innings limit with the Yankees in 2014.
Braves officials have been encouraged by Banuelos’ throwing sessions this spring and believe it might be the first time he’s been pain-free since before the Tommy John surgery. Banuelos hasn’t yet been scheduled to throw in a Grapefruit League game.