Minor League Transactions

This week’™s installment considers all transactions reported between Aug. 18-27. Last week’™s transactions available here. Or visit the transactions archive for the full array.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released: OF Joel Melendez
Traded: 1B Chris Carter to Red Sox in three-way deal in which Nationals acquired OF Wily Mo Pena and Diamondbacks acquired RHP Emiliano Fruto
Recalled: RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Emiliano Fruto, RHP Jailen Peguero
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Chad Harville
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Joel Melendez
Option transferred: OF Carlos Gonzalez (Double-A Mobile to Triple-A Tucson)

Gonzalez, 21, hit .286/.330/.476 for Mobile with 16 homers and 33 doubles before his promotion. Scouts like Fruto’s arm strength, but the 23-year-old, went just 3-9, 5.26 with 68-59 K-BB for Triple-A Columbus in the Nats’ system.

Atlanta Braves
Recalled: RHP Jose Ascanio, RHP Joey Devine, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, 2B Martin Prado
Placed on suspended list: 3B Eric Campbell
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Martin Prado (twice)
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jang Ji Cho, OF Brandon Roberts
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Roberto Alvarez
Option transferred: RHP Phil Stockman (Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Richmond)

Ascanio has made a full comeback from a lower back fracture that caused him to miss the entire 2005 season.

Baltimore Orioles
Released: RHP Juan Mercedes
Recalled: RHP James Johnson
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Radhames Liz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP James Johnson, SS Brandon Fahey
Optioned to Rookie ball: LHP Garrett Olson
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Cory Doyne, 2B Paco Figueroa
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Rosman Garcia, RHP Hayden Penn, OF Winter Polo

Olson was sent to the Appalachian League not because he had pitched that poorly, but because Bluefield’s season ends Wednesday, thus he can be recalled a few days earlier. Liz, 24, allowed five runs in six innings in his big league debut Saturday, striking out five and walking three.

Boston Red Sox
Released: SS Alex Prieto
Traded: OF Wily Mo Pena to Nationals in three-way deal in which Red Sox acquired 1B Chris Carter and Diamondbacks acquired RHP Emiliano Fruto
Recalled: LHP Javier Lopez
Selected to 40-man roster: OF Bobby Kielty
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Jon Lester
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP John Barnes, RHP Brantley New, C Jonathan Egan, OF Bubba Bell
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Bryce Cox, RHP Craig Hansen, C Jonathan Egan, 3B Chad Spann

In Carter, the Red Sox get a solid offensive player who’s performed for two seasons at Triple-A, but one who has to hit to hold a job because he brings little else to the table. The 24-year-old first baseman hit .301/.395/.483 with 19 home runs for Tucson in 2006, and hit .324/.383/.521 with 18 home runs this season before the trade. The 31-year-old Barnes reached the major leagues as a hitter but is trying to get back now as a knuckleballing pitcher and has reached Triple-A Pawtucket.

Chicago Cubs
Optioned to Triple-A: C Jake Fox, SS Ronny Cedeno
Designated for assignment: OF Buck Coats
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Koyie Hill
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Alberto Alburquerque
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Miguel Cuevas-Novas, OF Chris Walker (Rookie-level AZL Cubs)

Listed as Miguel Cuevas in our draft coverage last year (and listed as Greibal M. Cuevas-Novas by MLB Advanced Media, the minors’ official statistician), Cuevas-Novas is a Dominican who pitched at Los Angeles Pierce JC and ranked 189th in our 2006 Top 200 draft prospects. The 6-foot-8, 250-pounder has progressed slowly while trying to control his weight and some nagging arm issues. (John Manuel)

Chicago White Sox
Recalled: SS Andy Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Andy Gonzalez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Clevelan Santeliz, C Francisco Hernandez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Justin Cassel, RHP Josh Fields, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, C Rey Tavares
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Fernando Hernandez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Fernando Hernandez

Cincinnati Reds
Traded: 1B Jeff Conine to Mets for SS Jose Castro and OF Sean Henry
Recalled: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Todd Coffey, RHP Elizardo Ramirez, 1B Jorge Cantu
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Kirk Saarloos, RHP Tom Shearn
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Todd Coffey, RHP Kirk Saarloos, LHP Phil Dumatrait
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Victor Santos, 2B Mark Bellhorn
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Homer Bailey, C Fernando Encarnacion
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Victor Santos
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Victor Santos
Option transferred: RHP Homer Bailey (Triple-A Louisville to high Class A Sarasota)
Rehabilitation assignment: C David Ross (Triple-A Louisville), OF Dewayne Wise (Rookie-level GCL Reds)

Coming back from his second groin strain of the season, Bailey allowed six runs in three innings in his Sarasota tune-up on Saturday.

Cleveland Indians
Recalled: LHP Aaron Laffey
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Edward Mujica
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Bubbie Buzachero, RHP Kevin Dixon, 2B Trent Durrington, 2B Shaun Larkin
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Garrison Campfield, RHP Adam Miller, 1B Michael Aubrey, 2B Luis Rivas
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Sean Smith
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Sean Smith
Option transferred: LHP Juan Lara (Triple-A Buffalo to Double-A Akron and back to Buffalo)

Colorado Rockies
Recalled: C Chris Iannetta
Selected to 40-man roster: LHP Franklin Morales
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Clint Barmes
Designated for assignment: RHP Alberto Arias
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Kyle Blumenthal
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Alberto Arias
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Mike Esposito, RHP Ryan Mattheus, OF Joe Gaetti
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Ryan Mattheus, OF Joe Gaetti
Rehabilitation assignment: 3B Jeff Baker (Triple-A Colorado Springs)

Big Frank Morales, 21, overpowered Double- and Triple-A batters in stops with Tulsa and Colorado Springs, going a combined 5-4, 3.51 with 93-58 in 112 2/3 innings. In the big leagues, Morales has logged 9 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on 12 hits while striking out six and walking five.

Detroit Tigers
Released: RHP Dan Fyvie, LHP Jacob Ramos
Recalled: RHP Zach Miner
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Aquilino Lopez, RHP Zach Miner
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Alfredo Figaro, RHP Paul Nardozzi, RHP Matt Rusch
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Andrew Hess, LHP Ramon Garcia
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Jon Connolly
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Jon Connolly
Option transferred: RHP Eulogio de la Cruz (Triple-A Toledo to Double-A Erie)

Florida Marlins
Released: RHP Chris Young
Placed on restricted list: RHP Carlos Martinez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Ross Wolf
Placed on minor league disabled list: 3B Chris Coghlan, OF John Raynor
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Richard Dorman, LHP Avi Rasowsky, SS Osvaldo Martinez, OF Colin Roberson
Option transferred: RHP Carlos Martinez (Triple-A Albuquerque to Double-A Carolina)

Not to be confused with Chris Ryan Young, Padres co-ace, or Chris Brandon Young, Diamondbacks rookie center fielder, Chris Matthew Young was a minor league Rule 5 pick from the Pirates in 2005. The Rockies took him from Mississippi State in the 18th round of the 2002 draft. The 26-year-old went 0-3, 5.72 in 45 2/3 innings for the Marlins’ Double- and Triple-A clubs at Carolina and Albuquerque, striking out 19 and walking 15. Wolfe, 24, entered the season with a 3.59 ERA in 331 career minor league innings as a middle reliever before reaching the major leagues for the first time.

Houston Astros
Released: OF Noochie Varner
Traded: C Danny Ardoin to Cardinals for future considerations
Placed on suspended list: RHP Brian Espersen, RHP David Miller, C Jonathon Fixler
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Travis Driskill, LHP Troy Patton
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Juan Gutierrez, OF Jason Lane
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Jordan Parraz
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Brett Robinson
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Chris Sampson, OF Hunter Pence (Triple-A Round Rock)

Patton, 21, gave up three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings for Houston during his big league debut Aug. 25.

Kansas City Royals
Recalled: OF Shane Costa
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Billy Buckner
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Carlos Rosa
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Jorge de la Rosa (Double-A Wichita), 1B Mike Sweeney (Triple-A Omaha)

Los Angeles Angels
Recalled: RHP Marcus Gwyn, SS Brandon Wood, 1B Kendry Morales
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Marcus Gwyn, RHP Greg Jones, SS Brandon Wood
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Brok Butcher
Reinstated from disabled list: C Alberto Rosario, SS Adam Pavkovich
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Bartolo Colon (Triple-A Salt Lake)

Wood has been called up to the Angels three times, only to be sent back down to Salt Lake each time after limited play. In his 21 big league at-bats, Wood has a double and an RBI, but has gone 3-for-21 (.143) otherwise. On the minor league side, things are a bit rosier. After racking up 149 strikeouts in 118 Double-A games in 2006, the 22-year-old Wood has fanned 112 times in 105 Triple-A games. On a per at-bat basis, that’s an improvement from one whiff every 3 at-bats to one every 3.6.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released: LHP Carlos Alvarez
Traded: 2B Travis Denker to Giants as player to be named earlier trade for 1B Mark Sweeney
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP William Juarez, C Octavio Martinez
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Yulkin German, LHP Matt Riley, 1B Rick Taloa, 2B David Nicholson, 2B Michael Rivera, 3B Andy LaRoche

People who like to judge minor leaguers by their stats loved Denker in 2005, when he hit .310/.417/.556 as a 19-year-old at low Class A Columbus in the South Atlantic League. Scouts were less enamored of his lack of athleticism and stocky 5-foot-9, 170-pound (listed) frame. Denker has not reached Double-A yet and lacks a true defensive position, but has proven to be a decent minor league hitter. (John Manuel)

Milwaukee Brewers
Released: RHP Luther Hackman
Placed on suspended list: SS Luis Sanchez
Recalled: RHP Seth McClung
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carlos Villanueva
Placed on minor league disabled list: 1B John Alonso
Reinstated from disabled list: SS Brad Miller
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Brent Brewer
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Brent Brewer
Rehabilitation assignment: C Jonathan Requena (Rookie-level AZL Brewers)

Minnesota Twins
Recalled: RHP Julio DePaula, C Chris Heintz
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Luis Rodriguez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Dan Vais

New York Mets
Traded: SS Jose Castro and OF Sean Henry to Reds for 1B Jeff Conine
Placed on restricted list: OF Ricky Ledee
Recalled: SS Anderson Hernandez
Selected to 40-man roster: C Sandy Alomar Jr.
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Anderson Hernandez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Marcelo Perez, LHP Julio Polanco, 2B Jake Gautreau, OF Joe Holden, IF Jose Cruz
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Mike Devaney, LHP Jason Vargas, OF Joe Holden, OF Victor Mendez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Michel Abreu
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Michel Abreu
Rehabilitation assignment: C Paul Lo Duca (short-season Brooklyn), OF Rafael Fernandez (high Class A St. Lucie)

New York Yankees
Released: RHP Alexy Still
Recalled: RHP Brian Bruney
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jeff Livek, 3B Tim O’Brien
Placed on 60-day disabled list: RHP Francisco Castillo, RHP Francisco Gil, RHP Kelvin Perez
Transferred to 60-day disabled list: RHP Fred Jones
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Nick Peterson, 2B Chris Carrara, 3B Tim O’Brien
Rehabilitation assignment: 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (high Class A Tampa)

Oakland Athletics
Recalled: SS J.J. Furmaniak
Selected to 40-man roster: OF Dee Brown
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dan Meyer
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Andy Shipman
Reinstated from disabled list: C Casey Myers
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Vince Faison

Philadelphia Phillies
Recalled: RHP Geoff Geary, RHP Yoel Hernandez, RHP Brian Sanches, LHP Fabio Castro
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP John Ennis
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Fabio Castro, OF Chris Roberson
Placed on minor league disabled list: SS Hector Made
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Tim McClaskey, RHP Heath Totten, RHP Charlie Weatherby
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Brian Sanches
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Adam Eaton, 2B Chase Utley (Double-A Reading), RHP Freddy Garcia (Rookie-level GCL Phillies)

Two-fifths of the Phillies’ rotation was working back from injury, but who gets bumped when they return? Rookies righties Kyle Kendrick (7-3, 3.89) and J.D. Durbin (6-3, 4.07 with the Phils) have filled in admirably, but Jamie Moyer and Kyle Lohse have secure spots, as does Cole Hamels when he comes off the DL.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Traded: RHP Steve MacFarland to Giants as player to be named in trade for RHP Matt Morris
Placed on restricted list: RHP Masumi Kuwata
Recalled: RHP Romulo Sanchez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jonah Bayliss, RHP Felipe Garcia, 3B Luis Ordaz
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Henry Cabrera, RHP Mark Corey, SS Jose de los Santos, OF Miles Durham, OF Nyjer Morgan
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Tom Boleska
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Blair Johnson, LHP Zach Duke (Rookie-level GCL Pirates)

St. Louis Cardinals
Acquired: C Danny Ardoin from Astros for future considerations
Recalled: 3B Travis Hanson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Thompson
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 3B Travis Hanson
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Blake Hawksworth, RHP Peter Parise, RHP Robert Ransom, RHP Josh Wilson, C Ryan Christianson
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Phillip Andersen, C Ryan Christianson
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Todd Wellemeyer (Double-A Springfield), OF Shane Robinson (Rookie-level GCL Cardinals)

San Diego Padres
Recalled: RHP Tim Stauffer, LHP Joe Thatcher, 2B Craig Stansberry
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Clay Hensley, RHP Tim Stauffer
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP John Madden, RHP Drew Miller, LHP Brent Carter, 1B Brett Bonvechio
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Andrew Gribbin, RHP Andrew Underwood, LHP Brent Carter, SS Juan Ciriaco

Stauffer took one for the team on Aug. 26, when he gave up 11 runs on 11 hits in four innings at Philadelphia. The No. 4 overall pick in 2003 never has had sustained success in the big leagues, and his career record now stands at 4-7, 6.37.

San Francisco Giants
Acquired: RHP Steve MacFarland from Pirates as player to be named in earlier trade for RHP Matt Morris
Acquired: 2B Travis Denker from Dodgers as player to be named earlier trade for 1B Mark Sweeney
Placed on suspended list: RHP Paul Lussier
Optioned to Triple-A: C Eliezer Alfonzo
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Juan Trinidad, LHP Craig Clark, C Mike Ambort, C Stephen Holm, C John Ray
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Robert Grace, RHP Daniel Griffin, RHP Ivan Herrera-Rusova, C Barry Gunther, C Jackson Williams
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Paul Lussier

Seattle Mariners
Released: RHP Renee Cortez, RHP Jason Snyder
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Rick White
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP John Parrish
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Nolan Gallagher, RHP Mark Lowe, C Jair Fernandez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Andrew Barb, RHP Renee Cortez, RHP Jason Snyder, OF Wladimir Balentien
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jason Davis, 3B Alex Liddi
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Julio Santiago, OF Jon Nelson (Rookie-level AZL Mariners)

Balentien, the PCL’s rookie of the year, returned to action after missing two weeks with a dislocated finger on his left hand sustained while diving for a catch.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Placed on restricted list: LHP James Houser
Recalled: SS Joel Guzman
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Woods Fines, 1B John Hughes, OF Chris Cunningham, OF Desmond Jennings
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jeff Niemann, OF Chris Richard
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Shawn Camp, LHP David Price, OF Jon Weber
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Shawn Camp, OF Jon Weber
Option transferred: LHP David Price (short-season Hudson Valley to low Class A Columbus)
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Rocco Baldelli (high Class A Vero Beach)

Texas Rangers
Placed on suspended list: RHP Luis Indriago
Recalled: RHP Scott Feldman, 3B Travis Metcalf
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP A.J. Murray
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Kendy Batista, RHP Jorge Vasquez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jorge Vasquez, OF Truan Mehl
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Josh Rupe, LHP Scott Rice (Rookie-level AZL Rangers)

Toronto Blue Jays
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Ismael Ramirez, RHP John Tritz, RHP Jeremy Zick, C Robinzon Diaz, C Sal Fasano, 1B Josh Kreuzer
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Zach Dials, RHP Alan Farina, LHP Daryl Harang, C Jonathan Jaspe, 3B Anthony Garibaldi, SS Luis Sanchez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Alberto Quintana
Option transferred: SS Sergio Santos (Triple-A Syracuse to Double-A New Hampshire)

Washington Nationals
Traded: RHP Emiliano Fruto to Diamondbacks in three-way deal in which Nationals acquired OF Wily Mo Pena and Red Sox acquired 1B Chris Carter
Recalled: RHP Emiliano Fruto
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Ryan Langerhans
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Hector Carrasco, 3B Tony Blanco, OF Garrett Bass, OF George Lombard, OF Mike Restovich, OF Brandon Watson
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Bradley Clark, RHP Desmond Jones, 3B Tony Blanco, OF Frank Diaz, OF Mark Gildea
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 2B Dan Dement
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Dan Dement

Langerhans hit .153 between the Braves, Athletics and Nationals this year in 196 big league at-bats, after entering the season with a .254/.347/.399 line.

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