Minor League Transactions

This week’™s installment considers all transactions reported between July 28-August 3. Last week’™s transactions available here. Or visit the transactions archive.

Draft picks are presented alphabetically by position here, but to see each team’™s draft in chronological order, be sure to check out our Draft Database.

Also, be sure to check out Trade Central to get detailed background and analysis of all trades listed below.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Added to 40-man roster: OF Justin Upton
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Jereme Milons
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Kyler Newby, RHP Brett Reynolds, OF Cyle Hankerd
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Barry Enright, SS Donnie Sadler

That didn’t take long. Upton went from the California League to the National League in a little less than three months, hitting .319/.410/.551 with 18 home runs and 19 steals on the way there. Hankerd, 22, exploded on the scene last year, hitting .381/.436/.584, mostly for short-season Yakima, after being drafted in third round from Southern California. He’s struggled to replicate that success for high Class A Visalia this season, where he’s hit .265/.356/.385.

Atlanta Braves
Released: LHP Bryan Dumesnil
Traded: RHP Neftali Feliz LHP, Matt Harrison, LHP Beau Jones, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and SS Elvis Andrus to Rangers for 1B Mark Teixeira and LHP Ron Mahay
Traded: LHP Wil Ledezma and LHP Will Startup to Padres for LHP Royce Ring
Traded: RHP Kyle Davies to Royals for RHP Octavio Dotel
Recalled: RHP Jose Ascanio, RHP Lance Cormier, RHP Kyle Davies
Added to 40-man roster: C Corky Miller
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chad Paronto, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP Royce Ring
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jose Ascanio
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Tim Gustafson, LHP Matt Harrison, OF Larry Bigbie
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Ryan Baerlocher, 1B Barbaro Canizares, 2B Brandon Monk, 2B Jonathan Schuerholz
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Tanyon Sturtze (Triple-A Richmond), OF T.J. Bohn (Rookie-level GCL Braves)

Harrison was placed on the DL just prior to his trade to the Rangers, sparing the Rangers from making a roster move at Double-A Frisco. For more on the Braves’ big trades, head on over to Trade Central.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: RHP Mike Mattaliano (NDFA, Virginia Commonwealth)
Released: 1B Brandon Sing, OF Luis Lopez
Optioned to Double-A: C Gustavo Molina
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP John Mariotti, LHP Jacob Smith
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Hyuk Son, 1B Paul Chmiel, OF Kieron Pope, OF Nolan Reimold
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Luis Lopez

A strained (and re-aggravated) oblique has limited Reimold to just 33 games this season, in which he’s batted .297/.366/.534, mostly at Double-A Bowie.

Boston Red Sox
Signed: LHP Adam Cox
Traded: LHP Kason Gabbard, OF Engel Beltre and OF David Murphy to Rangers for RHP Eric Gagne
Traded: RHP Joel Pineiro to Cardinals for player to be named
Recalled: RHP Joel Pineiro, OF David Murphy
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Abe Alvarez, LHP Daniel Haigwood, OF Ryan Kalish
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Charlie Zink, LHP Dustin Richardson
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Barry Hertzler

Cox was signed from Alexandria of the independent United League, where he led the league with 12 wins, 117 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA. Kalish is done for the year after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand. The 19-year-old was hitting .368/.471/.540 in 23 games for short-season Lowell.

Chicago Cubs
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rocky Cherry
Option transferred: RHP Jeff Samardzija (high Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee)

Samardzija went 3-8, 4.95 with 45-35 K-BB in 107 innings for Daytona. Batters hit .323 off him. If you haven’t already read Jim Callis’ column on what to make of Samardzija’s debut season, you should check it out now.

Chicago White Sox
Traded: 2B Rob Mackowiak to Padres for RHP Jon Link
Acquired: C Billy Killian from Rangers for future considerations
Recalled: C Gustavo Molina, 2B Danny Richar
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Charles Haeger
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Josh Fields, LHP Paulino Reynoso, C Wiki Gonzalez, OF Ryan Sweeney
Reinstated from disabled list: 2B Chris Getz

Killian, a fourth-year pro, was playing in the short-season Northwest League at the time of the trade, after which the White Sox bumped him to low Class A Kannapolis. The Padres’ third-round pick in 2004′”the Matt Bush draft’”Killian was the throw-in in the trade that netted San Diego Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young. Hitting never has been easy for Killian, 21, as he came in to the year with a .235/.281/.324 line.

Cincinnati Reds
Released: OF Jay Garthwaite
Traded: RHP Kyle Lohse to Phillies for LHP Matt Maloney
Traded: RHP Calvin Medlock and LHP Brian Shackelford to Devil Rays for OF Shaun Cumberland and 1B Jorge Cantu
Recalled: RHP Calvin Medlock, RHP Elizardo Ramirez, LHP Phil Dumatrait
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Mark Bellhorn
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Elizardo Ramirez, 1B Jorge Cantu
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Chad Moeller
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Thomas Pauly, LHP Camilo Vazquez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Rafael Gonzalez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Marcus McBeth
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Eddie Guardado (Triple-A Louisville)

Cleveland Indians
Signed: RHP Scott Elarton
Draft picks signed: RHP Dallas Cawiezell (40), SS Walter Diaz (48)
Placed on suspended list: OF Stephen Douglas
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Roger Ness, OF Brad Snyder
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Kyle Collins, RHP Jake Dittler, SS Chris de la Cruz
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Aaron Fultz (Double-A Akron)

Colorado Rockies
Signed: RHP Todd Williams, LHP Dan Serafini
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Mike De Jean, RHP David Patton
Reinstated from disabled list: OF James Sims

Serafini last pitched in the majors for the Reds in 2003, and he spent last season with Orix of the Japanese Pacific League, where he went 0-4, 9.97 in seven games.

Detroit Tigers
Signed: SS Eric Harryman
Released: C Cody Collet
Recalled: RHP Jordan Tata
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Luis Arlet, OF Londell Taylor
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jeff Gerbe, LHP Jeremy Lewis, LHP Ian Ostlund, OF Cameron Maybin
Rehabilitation assignment: 1B Ryan Roberson (Rookie-level GCL Tigers)

The Tigers signed Harryman from independent San Angelo of the United League.

Florida Marlins
Signed: C Jason Phillips
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Brett Sinkbeil, LHP Paul Mildren, LHP Matt Yourkin, OF Chad Hermansen, OF Colin Roberson
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP James Brauer, LHP Chris George, OF Angel Molina
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jason Iehl, LHP Thomas Cowley
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Ricky Nolasco, C Paul Hoover (Rookie-level GCL Marlins)

Nolasco was battling back from elbow inflammation, but he was just one of three promising Florida pitchers battling injury problems. Righthander Josh Johnson had Tommy John surgery and is done for the year, as is righthander Anibal Sanchez, who was dealing with shoulder discomfort. In Sanchez’ case, he has filed a grievance against the Marlins contending he was injured when optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque in May, which is a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Being on the major league DL’”rather than the minor league version’”would mean an additional $1,400 a day for Sanchez.

Houston Astros
Draft picks signed: OF Cody Phipps (33)
Released: RHP Rodrigo Escobar, RHP Daniel Foli
Recalled: LHP Mark McLemore
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Sean Walker, C Jonathon Fixler, SS Jhon Florentino
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Brandon Backe (Double-A Corpus Christi)

Backe is back on the hill less than a year after having Tommy John surgery in September 2006.

Kansas City Royals
Draft picks signed: RHP Jacob Rodriguez (22)
Recalled: RHP Ryan Braun, RHP Leo Nunez, OF Joey Gathright
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jason Shiell
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jim Wladyka
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Aaron Hartsock, RHP Blake Johnson, RHP Harold Mozingo
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Roman Colon (Triple-A Omaha)

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: C Derrick Thomas (NDFA, Utah Valley State)
Placed on voluntarily retired list: C Jonathan Hodach
Recalled: 3B Matt Brown
Added to 40-man roster: C Ryan Budde
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Brandon Wood
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Pedro Herrera
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Aaron Cook, RHP Pedro Herrera, C Jonathan Hodach
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Tadd Brewer
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Gustavo Espinoza (Rookie-level AZL Angels), SS Erick Aybar (Triple-A Salt Lake)

Brown was on fire in July, hitting .312/.390/.731 with 10 homers in 93 at-bats, prompting his second callup of the season. A 10th-round pick in 2001, Brown has played primarily third base for Triple-A Salt Lake this season, but he’s played every position except catcher, shortstop and center field.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Recalled: OF Delwyn Young
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eric Hull
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Mike Megrew, 1B James Peterson
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Carlos Alvarez, 2B Luis Maza
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Tony Abreu, OF Choo Freeman
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Chales Dasni, OF Choo Freeman

The Dodgers rewarded Young for his phenomenal Triple-A performance with his first non-September callup. The switch-hitting Young hit .343/.389/.595 and led the Pacific Coast League with 44 doubles, 65 extra-base hits and 89 runs scored.

Milwaukee Brewers
Recalled: 2B Joe Dillon
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Rickie Weeks
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Dennis Sarfate, OF Jose Macias
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP J.T. King
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Tony Gwynn Jr.
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Amaury Rivas (Rookie-level AZL Brewers)

Dillon is in his first year back in the States after a year spent playing in Japan. He hit .317/.405/.605 for Triple-A Nashville, providing the Brewers with a ready-made solution for Weeks’ struggles. Taken second overall in 2003, Weeks was in the midst of his worst big league season, consistently failing to do the types of things’”get on base and steal’”that make him valuable. The 24-year-old second baseman hit .212/.330/.363 in 259 at-bats and now sports a career .388 slugging percentage in the majors. His minor league mark: .487.

Minnesota Twins
Signed: OF Hyun-Wook Choi
Traded: 2B Luis Castillo to Mets for C Drew Butera and OF Dustin Martin
Recalled: 2B Alexi Casilla
Placed on minor league disabled list: 1B Ben Petsch, 1B Henry Sanchez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Nick Blackburn

New York Mets
Signed: C Shawn Wooten
Traded: C Drew Butera and OF Dustin Martin to Twins for 2B Luis Castillo
Placed on suspended list: RHP Tim Worthington
Recalled: RHP Mike Pelfrey, 2B David Newhan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Lawrence, C Mike DiFelice
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Pelfrey, SS Anderson Hernandez
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jon Adkins, C Sandy Alomar
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Corey Coles, OF Ben Johnson, OF Brahiam Maldonado
Transferred to 60-day disabled list: C Jordan Abruzzo, 3B Shawn Bowman
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Jesus Martinez (Rookie-level GCL Mets)

New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Stephen Artz
Released: C Dan Conway
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Chris Basak
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Grant Duff, RHP Steven Jackson, OF Brett Gardner
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Chris Britton, OF Bronson Sardinha
Option transferred: SS Alberto Gonzalez (Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

Artz is the second player in this blog post who was signed from independent San Angelo of the United League.

Oakland Athletics
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Josh Alliston, SS Samuel Hernandez
Reinstated from disabled list: 3B Brian Snyder, SS Alex Valdez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Kaz Tadano
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Esteban Loaiza (Triple-A Sacramento)

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed: RHP Gary Knotts
Traded: LHP Matt Maloney to Reds for RHP Kyle Lohse
Traded: SS Jesus Merchan to Mariners for RHP Julio Mateo
Acquired: SS Gookie Dawkins from Mariners for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Geoff Geary, OF Chris Roberson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Clay Condrey
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Julio Mateo
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Clay Condrey, 2B Joe Thurston, SS Michael Garciaparra, SS Danny Sandoval
Designated for assignment: SS Michael Garciaparra
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Eude Brito, 3B Herman Demmink

Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft picks signed: RHP Tom Boleska (35)
Recalled: RHP Jonah Bayliss
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP John Van Benschoten
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Chris Aguila
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Tom Boleska, RHP Todd Redmond
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Derek Hankins
Rehabilitation assignment: 3B Jose Bautista (Rookie-level GCL Pirates)

St. Louis Cardinals
Draft picks signed: OF Tyler Henley (8)
Recalled: RHP Anthony Reyes
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Falkenborg
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kelvin Jimenez, LHP Randy Keisler, OF Skip Schumaker
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Brian Falkenborg
Placed on minor league disabled list: 2B Edgar Gonzalez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Mike Sillman, 3B Allen Craig, OF Cody Haerther
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Tyler Johnson (Triple-A Memphis), OF Reid Gorecki (high Class A Palm Beach)

San Diego Padres
Signed: 1B Shea Hillenbrand
Released: 1B Michael Johnson, OF Mike Campbell
Traded: RHP Jon Link to White Sox for 2B Rob Mackowiak
Traded: LHP Royce Ring to Braves for LHP Wil Ledezma and LHP Will Startup
Placed on suspended list: LHP Brooks Dunn, C Brandon Gottier
Recalled: RHP Scott Cassidy, RHP Tim Stauffer, LHP Royce Ring
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tim Stauffer, LHP Joe Thatcher
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Scott Cassidy
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Manny Ayala, LHP Nick Schmidt, 2B Ray Stokes
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Mike Sansoe
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Kyle Stutes

Schmidt was shut down at the first sign of elbow soreness and moved to the DL. As Arkansas’ ace almost from the outset of his freshman year, Schmidt had pitched sparingly for low Class A Fort Wayne this season, throwing two, three and two innings in his three outings. Hillenbrand joined the organization after his release from the Angels, where he failed to deliver much of anything except outs (.254/.275/.325) as a DH.

San Francisco Giants
Released: RHP Gerard Oakes
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Jackson Williams
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Paul Lussier, RHP Gerard Oakes, 1B Lance Niekro
Option transferred: RHP Billy Sadler (Triple-A Fresno to Double-A Connecticut)
Rehabilitation assignment: C Eliezer Alfonzo, OF Tayler Creswell (Rookie-level AZL Giants)

Seattle Mariners
Traded: RHP Julio Mateo to Phillies for SS Jesus Merchan
Traded: SS Gookie Dawkins to Phillies for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Julio Mateo, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Juan Beltran, OF Carlos Peguero
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Justin Lehr, 3B Brant Ust
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Sean White (Rookie-level AZL Mariners)

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Traded: 1B Jorge Cantu and OF Shaun Cumberland to Reds for RHP Calvin Medlock and LHP Brian Shackelford
Recalled: 1B Jorge Cantu, SS Ben Zobrist
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Shawn Camp, RHP Calvin Medlock, RHP J.K. Ryu
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Raul Casanova
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Chris Richard
Reinstated from disabled list: 3B Wes Bankston

Texas Rangers
Released: C Ty Bubalo, 2B Tony Roth
Traded: 1B Mark Teixeira and LHP Ron Mahay to Braves for RHP Neftali Feliz, LHP Matt Harrison, LHP Beau Jones, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and SS Elvis Andrus
Traded: RHP Eric Gagne to Red Sox for LHP Kason Gabbard, OF OF Engel Beltre and OF David Murphy
Traded: C Billy Killian to White Sox for future considerations
Placed on suspended list: OF Miguel Velazquez
Recalled: RHP Wes Littleton, LHP A.J. Murray, OF Jason Botts
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Scott Feldman, 3B Travis Metcalf, OF David Murphy
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 2B Desi Relaford
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Salomon Manriquez, 2B Micah Furtado
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Charles Knippschild, OF Wally Backman II, OF Kevin West
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Ronnie Anderson (Rookie-level AZL Rangers)

Toronto Blue Jays
Released: LHP Mike Venafro
Added to 40-man roster: SS Ray Olmedo
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Ty Taubenheim, 3B Anthony Garibaldi, 3B Lee Soto
Transferred to 60-day disabled list: LHP Dan O’Brien
Reinstated from disabled list: 3B Anthony Garibaldi
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Brian Jeroloman
Reinstated from inactive list: C Brian Jeroloman
Option transferred: RHP Ty Taubenheim (Triple-A Syracuse to Double-A New Hampshire), SS Sergio Santos (New Hampshire to Syracuse)
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Chi-Hung Cheng (high Class A Dunedin)

A first-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2002, and trade acquisition of the Blue Jays in 2005, Santos bombed in his first two tries at Triple-A in 2005 (.239/.288/.367) and 2006 (.214/.254/.299). He’s 24 and coming off a .253/.326/.488 effort for Double-A New Hampshire. Cheng was back on the mound after labrum surgery in the offseason.

Washington Nationals
Signed: RHP Daniel Foli
Recalled: RHP Joel Hanrahan
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Don Levinski
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Shawn Hill (high Class A Potomac), LHP Micah Bowie (Rookie-level GCL Nationals)

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