Minor League Transactions

This week’™s installment considers all transactions reported between June 2-8.

Last week’™s transactions available here.

No 2007 draft picks were reported as signed last week, but that will change beginning with next week’s blog and will continue through late August.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Evan MacLane
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Brandon Burgess
Rehabilitation assignment: 3B Chad Tracy (Triple-A Tucson)

Tracy was recovering from a rib cage strain.

Atlanta Braves
Recalled: RHP Blaine Boyer
Selected to major league roster: SS Yunel Escobar
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Buddy Carlyle, 2B Martin Prado
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Dustin Evans
Reinstated from disabled list: SS Paul Bennett
Reinstated from inactive list: C Carlos Mendez

Escobar, a second-round pick in 2005, left the International League as one of its hottest hitters. He batted .333/.379/.456 with 10 doubles in 180 at-bats for Triple-A Richmond.

Baltimore Orioles
Released: RHP Fernando Quijada
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Beau Hale, LHP Oscar Alvarez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Paul Shuey
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Matt Cepicky

Hale, the 14th overall pick of the 2000 draft from Texas, missed all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons while battling a shoulder injury, but had slowly come back to go 4-6, 3.22 in 95 innings for Double-A Bowie last year.

Boston Red Sox
Released: SS Chuck Jeroloman
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Adam Blackley, LHP Michael Rozier
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Chad Rhoades, LHP Ryan Phillips, C Dustin Brown, C Jonathan Egan

Bard returned from the DL at low Class A Greenville, as opposed to high Class A Lancaster.

Chicago Cubs
Recalled: OF Felix Pie
Selected to major league roster: RHP Sean Gallagher
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Chris Shaver, 3B Kyle Reynolds, OF Jeff Culpepper
Reinstated from disabled list: C Mike Mahoney
Optioned to low Class A: RHP Juan Mateo
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Mike Kinkade

Pie could be contained no longer. His handiwork with Triple-A Iowa–.389/.443/.563–earned him another big league look. Gallagher, 21, went 7-2, 3.39 for Double-A Tennessee with 54-24 strikeouts-walks in 61 innings. The Cubs intend to use Gallagher in relief, where power-armed Angel Guzman and Carlos Marmol have already taken up residence.

Chicago White Sox
Released: RHP David Wasylak, 3B Jeury Espinal, 3B Ryan McCarthy
Placed on restricted list: RHP Tim Day
Recalled: 3B Josh Fields
Selected to major league roster: RHP Ryan Bukvich, RHP Bret Prinz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP David Aardsma, RHP Mike MacDougal
Reinstated from disabled list: SS Scott Madsen, OF David Cook
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Scott Podsednik (Triple-A Charlotte)

Aardsma (6.18 ERA) and MacDougal (7.13) joined Andy Sisco with Triple-A Charlotte when the struggling White Sox reshuffled their bullpen. Bukvich and Prinz, the benefactors, had been two of the Knights’ finest relievers. Bukvich, 29, an 11th-round pick of the Royals from Mississippi in 2000, has used his mid-90s heat to good effect in the minors, striking out 377 batters in 257 innings. Like Bukvich, the sidearming Prinz has fashioned a long and successful career as a minor league reliever’”with some big league time thrown in. With big league third baseman Joe Crede done for the year, Fields could be up to stay. Though he started slowly, the 24-year-old Fields hit .283/.394/.498 in his Triple-A follow-up, with 10 home runs and eight stolen bases. Podsednik was out with a strained right adductor.

Cincinnati Reds
Released: RHP Eric Schaler, 3B Earl Snyder
Placed on restricted list: 3B Milton Loo
Recalled: RHP Todd Coffey, RHP Marcus McBeth, LHP Brian Shackelford
Selected to major league roster: RHP Homer Bailey
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Todd Coffey, RHP Brad Salmon, LHP Bobby Livingston
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Brian Shackelford, OF Dewayne Wise
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Thomas Pauly, OF Dewayne Wise
Reinstated from disabled list: SS Jeff Bannon, SS Caonabo Cosme
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Bill Bray (high Class A Sarasota)

With little to lose, the last-place Reds promoted the 21-year-old Bailey to Cincinnati, where he responded with a five-innings, two-runs performance June 8. It took him 114 pitches to do it, though, as Bailey continues to gain efficiency of stuff. Snyder, 31, never did break out of his funk this season, and he leaves the organization with .202/.288/.339 numbers with Triple-A Louisville this season. Loo, a ninth-round draft-and-follow sign from 2005, did not report to extended spring training, staying behind in his native Hawaii for personal reasons.

Cleveland Indians
Signed: LHP Eric Dubose
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP David Huff, 2B Trent Durrington, 2B Shaun Larkin
Reinstated from disabled list: 2B Lucas Montero, 3B Wes Hodges, SS Rodney Choy Foo

Huff, the club’s first-round pick from UCLA in 2006, was experiencing soreness in his left elbow.

Colorado Rockies
Released: RHP Abraham Vargas, LHP Orlando Rodriguez, C Alex Trezza
Selected to major league roster: OF Sean Barker
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ramon Ramirez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Alberto Arias, RHP Darren Clarke, RHP Josh Sullivan, SS Tim Olson, SS Jose Valdez
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Zach Parker, C Agustin Sanchez, SS Jeff Dragicevich, OF Alexis Gomez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Ryan Mattheus
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Mike De Jean, RHP Ryan Mattheus
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Josh Fogg (Triple-A Colorado Springs)

Barker got the call after veteran outfielder Steve Finley was designated for assignment. The 27-year-old Barker hit .333/.364/.556 for Triple-A Colorado Springs, and has been instructed to take his cue from the recently-promoted Ryan Spilborghs.

Detroit Tigers
Released: OF Vincent Blue
Recalled: RHP Yorman Bazardo, RHP Aquilino Lopez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jason Karnuth, LHP Paul Hammond, 3B Jack Hannahan
Option transferred: RHP Eulogio de la Cruz (Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo)
Rehabilitation assignment: C Vance Wilson (Triple-A Toledo)

Relievers Bazardo and Lopez were up because Zach Miner and Nate Robertson went on the disabled list. The Tigers needed relievers because they cut ties with Jose Mesa and were still without the injured Joel Zumaya. De la Cruz earned his ticket to Toledo by going 4-5, 3.57 with 57-16 strikeouts-walks in 63 innings for Double-A Erie.

Florida Marlins
Placed on suspended list: RHP Jesus Delgado
Recalled: RHP Rick Vanden Hurk
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Todd Linden
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jesus Silva
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jesus Delgado, RHP Jimmy Serrano
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Carlos Martinez (both with high Class A Jupiter)

Linden was designated for assignment by his second organization of the year, when the Marlins cut ties with him. Vanden Hurk, 22, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his June 5 start against the Braves. Johnson was working his way back from right elbow soreness.

Houston Astros
Released: SS Reinaldo Ramirez, SS Andrew Smith, IF Amadeo Zazueta
Recalled: OF Chris Burke
Selected to major league roster: C Eric Munson
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jason Lane
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP David Norris

Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Jim Wladyka, 2B Jared Sandberg, SS Jesus Soto
Recalled: OF Joey Gathright
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Braun
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Angel Berroa
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Yovany Damico, RHP Zach Day, RHP Daniel Cortes
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Daniel Cortes

Berroa, who won the 2003 AL Rookie of the Year award, managed the impressive feat of getting progressively worse in each successive year. His OPS-plus fell from 96 percent of the league average in his rookie year to 83 to 81 to 48 to . . . well, he’s hit .091/.167/.091 so far this year. If his his Royals career is over, he would finish with .263/.305/.384 numbers, and his fielding percentage at shortstop, .964, does not compare favorably with the league average of .971 during his career. Royals GM Dayton Moore made Gathright the target of his first trade; he got an extended big league last year but began this season in Triple-A. He hit .328/.450/.392 with 21 stolen bases for Omaha.

Los Angeles Angels
Released: C Brett Martinez
Placed on suspended list: RHP Jose Arredondo
Recalled: LHP Joe Saunders
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Joe Saunders
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Sean O’Sullivan, OF Jordan Renz
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Kelly Shearer, OF Josh Leblanc
Rehabilitation assignment: SS Maicer Izturis (high Class A Rancho Cucamonga)

O’Sullivan, a third-round draft-and-follow pick from 2005, is out with a lower back strain.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Traded: C Kelly Stinnett to Cardinals for cash
Recalled: LHP Hong-Chih Kuo
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eric Hull
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Eric Cyr, 1B David Sutherland
Reinstated from inactive list: C Kelly Stinnett
Option transferred: LHP Greg Miller (Triple-A Las Vegas to Double-A Jacksonville)
Rehabilitation assignment: 2B Marlon Anderson (Triple-A Las Vegas)

Miller started the year strong (1-0, 2.55 in 17 2/3 April innings), but has been ineffectively wild since, walking 30 batters in 11 innings and mixing in five wild pitches for the 51s. Things had not improved for Miller after one Double-A start, either: five runs on a hit and four walks without retiring a batter.

Milwaukee Brewers
Placed on minor league disabled list: 1B Andy Abad, OF Ruben Mateo
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Steve Garrison, C Anderson Delarosa
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Max St. Pierre
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Max St. Pierre
Option transferred: OF Drew Anderson (Double-A Huntsville to Triple-A Nashville)

Minnesota Twins
Signed: RHP Anthony Slama (2006 D/F, 39th round)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jason Miller
Rehabilitation assignment: C Joe Mauer (high Class A Fort Myers)

New York Mets
Released: RHP Chan Ho Park, C Daniel Cummins
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Ivan Maldonado
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP German Marte, OF Elvis Cruz
Rehabilitation assignment: SS Jose Valentin (high Class A St. Lucie)

If this is indeed the end for Park, it hasn’t been pretty. The 33-year-old Korean righthander went just 4-4, 5.57 for Triple-A New Orleans’”but did fan 49 batters in 51 2/3 innings.

New York Yankees
Released: RHP Erick Abreu, SS Grant Plumley
Placed on suspended list: C Jason Brown
Recalled: RHP Matt Desalvo, LHP Sean Henn
Selected to major league roster: SS Chris Basak
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Desalvo, OF Kevin Thompson
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Paul Patterson, 3B Eric Duncan, OF Jose Tabata
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Erick Abreu, RHP Michael Martinez, LHP Phillip Coke, LHP Edgar Soto, C Jason Brown, SS Grant Plumley, OF Brian Aragon, OF Brett Gardner
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Kevin Russo

Yankees fans had gotten their hopes up for Abreu due to his 16-6, 1.90 career numbers entering 2007, but the 23-year-old had trouble staying healthy and failed in his first bid at high Class A (15 IP, 7.63 ERA). (John Manuel)

Oakland Athletics
Signed: RHP Mike Flannery
Recalled: RHP Santiago Casilla
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Josh Alliston, RHP Inoel Deaza, C Jacob Smith
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jose Guzman
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Chris Snelling (Triple-A Sacramento)

The 25-year-old Snelling just seems older because his career has been beset by injury too many times to remember. Acquired from the Nationals in May, Snelling was a career .312/.396/.476 minor league hitter entering the season, all in the Mariners’ system. The native of Australia won the California League’s batting title (.336) while with San Bernardino in 2001, and he hit .370 for Triple-A Tacoma in 2005, but fell well short of qualifying for the Pacific Coast League’s batting title. He was recovering from a severely bruised knee injury. Casilla aged nearly three years when he admitted in January 2006 that his birth name was not Jairo Garcia. The 26-year-old reliever went 2-1, 4.13 with 29-14 strikeouts-walks in 24 innings for Triple-A Sacramento.

Philadelphia Phillies
Released: SS Peter Shier
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Joe Bisenius, RHP Kane Davis, OF Javon Moran
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Hector Made

Pittsburgh Pirates
Recalled: OF Rajai Davis
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Justin Elliott, OF Chris Aguila
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jacob Cuffman, 2B Jim Negrych, 3B Chris Truby
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP John Wasdin (Triple-A Indianapolis)

Davis had functioned as Triple-A Indianapolis’ sparkplug this season, hitting .318/.384/.469 with an International League-leading 27 steals, and was recalled to split time with Chris Duffy.

St. Louis Cardinals
Released: LHP Ryan Meaux, OF Matt Lemanczyk
Acquired: C Kelly Stinnett from Dodgers for cash
Recalled: RHP Andy Cavazos, SS Brendan Ryan
Selected to major league roster: C Kelly Stinnett
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Troy Cate, C Brian Esposito, SS Brendan Ryan
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Gary Daley
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Robert Ransom, OF Matt Lemanczyk

San Diego Padres
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Leo Rosales, LHP Nate Culp, OF Adam Shabala
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP John Madden

San Francisco Giants
Recalled: LHP Jonathan Sanchez
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Clay Timpner
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Tyler Graham
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Dave Roberts (Triple-A Fresno)

Seattle Mariners
Recalled: RHP Jon Huber
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Ryan Feierabend
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Doug Fister
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Mike Hrynio
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Welington Dotel

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Recalled: LHP J.P. Howell
Selected to major league roster: RHP Andy Sonnanstine, C Raul Casanova
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jae-Kuk Ryu
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jae Weong Seo
Designated for assignment: LHP Chris Seddon
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Fernando Perez

Howell, the last cut in spring training, makes his way back to the majors after going 3-5, 3.96 with 64-18 strikeouts-walks in 63 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. Interestingly, Howell, the 31st overall pick by the Royals out of Texas in 2004, was one of the quickest players from that draft to reach the majors. He made 15 starts for the hapless Royals in 2005, about a year after being drafted. Howell’s strikeout rate appears to have caught up with his groundball-fly out ratio, which was a healthy 1.87 with the Bulls. Sonnanstine has been nothing short of amazing as a pro. After getting his first big league victory over the weekend, he’s now 41-18 since the Rays took him in the 13th round out of Kent State in 2004.

Texas Rangers
Signed: OF Eric Fry (2006 D/F, 33rd round), OF Jon Weber
Released: RHP Juan Jimenez, LHP Jared Locke, OF Terrance Blunt
Recalled: RHP Scott Feldman
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP John Rheinecker, OF Nelson Cruz
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Ezequiel Astacio, RHP Tony Pluta, C Juvenal Lara, SS Drew Meyer
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Michael Bumstead, RHP Juan Jimenez, C Emerson Frostad
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Brad Wilkerson (Triple-A Oklahoma)

Cruz, who was acquired from the Brewers last year, was optioned after hitting .188/.245/.306 for the Rangers in 144 at-bats.

Toronto Blue Jays
Released: RHP Danny Core
Selected to major league roster: RHP Jordan De Jong, C Curtis Thigpen
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brian Wolfe
Designated for assignment: RHP Ismael Ramirez
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Ismael Ramirez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Billy Carnline, RHP Zach Dials, LHP Eric Fowler, 1B Joey Metropoulos
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Travis Snider
Rehabilitation assignment: C Greg Zaun (Triple-A Syracuse)

De Jong, an 18th-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton in 2002, received a surprise callup from Triple-A Syracuse after going 2-0, 2.31 with 25-7 strikeouts-walks in 23 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old Thigpen hit .299/.371/.416 for Syracuse, where he mostly caught, but also moved out from behind the plate to play second base, first base and right field.

Washington Nationals
Released: LHP Demetri White, 3B Brooks Shankle, SS Juan Melo, OF Robin Jennings
Placed on minor league disabled list: 1B Josh Whitesell, OF Rogearvin Bernadina
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Josh Hall, C Juan Brito, C Brian Peacock, 1B Larry Broadway, 2B Brandon Powell
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Alex Escobar (high Class A Potomac)

Fittingly, Escobar and the A’s Chris Snelling began rehab assignments in the same week. The talented outfielders have both lost most of their prospect sheen to myriad injuries. While Escobar, 28, hasn’t been quite the minor league hitter Snelling has–he came into the year with .282/.356/.487 numbers–he enjoyed a 1998 campaign that prospect watchers will not soon forget. As a 19-year-old for low Class A Capital City (Mets), Escobar hit .310/.393/.584 with 27 homers and 49 steals. Injuries felled Escobar twice at key career moments–in 1999 when trying to follow up on his breakout season, and in 2002 after he was traded to the Indians in a package for Roberto Alomar–and he was never really able to make up for the lost development time. He’s recovering from a dislocated right shoulder he sustained last September.

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