Something clearly was not right with Manny Banuelos after his first two games, when the Yankees Triple-A lefthander gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings with seven walks and just two strikeouts.
The Yankees put him on the disabled list due to an issue with a lat muscle in his back, but he returned yesterday and fired 3 2/3 shutout innings with no walks and five strikeouts, showing a crisp low-90s fastball that he was able to spot well.
Banuelos is still the Yankees' No. 1 prospect and should be able to help the organization in the big leagues this season if he can tame his control after walking 4.9 batters per nine innings last year between Double-A and Triple-A. Yesterday was certainly an encouraging sign from all angles.