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Minor League Transactions

This week’™s installment considers all transactions reported between Aug. 28-31. Last week’™s transactions available here.

Atlanta Braves
Placed on suspended list: RHP Jamie Richmond
Recalled: SS Pete Orr
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Joey Devine
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jairo Cuevas, RHP Moises Hernandez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Chad Paronto, C Carlos Mendez
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Roberto Alvarez
Option transferred: 1B Julio Franco (low Class A Rome to Triple-A Richmond)

The 49-year-old Franco batted .308/.438/.308 in four games for Rome, in his first South Atlantic League action since . . . well, since ever. A full listing of leagues he had played in prior to the 2007 season: Pioneer, Northwest, Carolina, Eastern, National, American Association, American, Japanese Pacific, Mexican and Korean. By playing in the Sally and International leagues this year, Franco’s career total has climbed to 12. Richmond, 7-6, 3.05 on the year, was suspended for violating team policy.

Baltimore Orioles
Released: RHP Juan Mercedes
Recalled: LHP Kurt Birkins
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Jon Leicester
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Andy Schindling, RHP Kyle Touchatt, SS Jedidiah Stephen

Boston Red Sox
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Kyle Jackson, C Dan Milano
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP John Barnes
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Cory Keylor

Chicago Cubs
Released: RHP Oscar Bernard
Recalled: LHP Clay Rapada
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Carmen Pignatiello
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Koyie Hill
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP James Henderson, RHP Billy Petrick, LHP Les Walrond, 3B Brandon Taylor
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Miguel Cuevas, RHP John Webb
Option transferred: RHP Sean Gallagher (Triple-A Iowa to Double-A Tennessee)

Chicago White Sox
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Kanekoa Texeira
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Fernando Hernandez

Cincinnati Reds
Recalled: LHP Jon Coutlangus
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Elizardo Ramirez, C Ryan Jorgensen, OF Buck Coats
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Jesse Gutierrez

Coats, who was designated for assignment by the Cubs, was acquired Aug. 31 for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Cleveland Indians
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Brad Snyder
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Argenis Tavarez

Colorado Rockies
Recalled: SS Clint Barmes
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Franklin Morales
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Geronimo Gil
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Brian Aguailar
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Ramon Ramirez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Mike Esposito
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Darren Clarke (Double-A Tulsa), OF Willy Taveras (Triple-A Colorado Springs)

Detroit Tigers
Released: 3B Rafael Mendez
Acquired: RHP Chris Lambert from Cardinals as player to be named in earlier trade of LHP Mike Maroth
Recalled: RHP Aquilino Lopez, RHP Zach Miner, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Virgil Vasquez, OF Timo Perez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Clay Rapada
Optioned to high Class A: LHP Andrew Miller
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Aquilino Lopez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Ron Chiavacci, OF Kyle Peter
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Dario Carvajal, RHP Gary Perinar, RHP Brayan Villarreal, LHP Paul Hammond, 3B Chris Maples, OF Luis Arlet, OF Londell Taylor
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Jon Connolly
Option transferred: RHP Eulogio de la Cruz (Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo)

Miller had given up five, six and six runs in his last three big league starts’”and was just 5-5, 5.83 overall’”prompting the Tigers to option him to Lakeland. He could rejoin the team later in September. The Tigers determined the identity of two players to be named later from earlier trades. Lambert, whom the Cardinals selected 19th overall in 2004, came over for Maroth, while Rapada joined the organization from the Cubs in exchange for outfielder Craig Monroe.

Florida Marlins
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Dante Brinkley
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Eric Riggs
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Marc Lamacchia (Rookie-level GCL Marlins)

Houston Astros
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Travis Driskill

Kansas City Royals
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Dan Best, RHP Michael Penn, 3B Shawn Hayes, OF Jamar Walton
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Daniel Best, 3B Shawn Hayes, OF Felix Peralta

Los Angeles Angels
Recalled: RHP Steven Shell
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Steven Shell
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Derek Schlecker, RHP Nick Veras

The 24-year-old Shell’s prospect status had diminished after a pair of so-so seasons in the PCL, and it cost him his spot on the 40-man roster. He was 7-3, 4.95 this year, coming on the heels of a 5-9, 6.16 mark in 2006.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Placed on minor league disabled list: SS Ivan DeJesus

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: RHP Ken Ray, RHP Alec Zumwalt
Placed on restricted list: RHP Jeremy Jeffress
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Luis Ramirez, SS Brad Miller
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Amaury Rivas, C Jonathan Requena, 1B John Alonso
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Dennis Sarfate, LHP Zach Jackson

Jeffress was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse. The 16th overall pick in 2006, Jeffress, 19, was slated to be low Class A West Virginia’s No. 2 starter for their upcoming playoff series, but now will not be able to participate. Nor would he be able to participate in a fall or winter league had he been assigned there.

Minnesota Twins
Placed on restricted list: OF Eli Tintor
Recalled: LHP Jason Miller
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Jason Miller
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Wilson Ramos
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Nick Blackburn, RHP Anthony Swarzak, LHP Brian Duensing, LHP Ryan Mullins, C Drew Butera, 3B David Winfree, SS Trevor Plouffe

New York Mets
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brian Lawrence
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Sandy Alomar
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Ambiorix Burgos, RHP Blake Eager
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Marcelo Perez, OF Jesus Feliciano, OF Joe Holden
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Carlos Gomez (high Class A St. Lucie)

Burgos, who was acquired from the Royals for righthander Brian Bannister last offseason, had Tommy John surgery.

New York Yankees
Recalled: RHP Chris Britton
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Sean Henn
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Brandon Ketron, 3B Tim O’Brien
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Garrett Patterson, C Jason Brown, C Brandon Ketron

Oakland Athletics
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Colby Lewis
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Casey Myers
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Grant Desme

After losing Esteban Loaiza to the Dodgers on waivers, the A’s turned to Lewis, 28, who was having a very good year for Triple-A Sacramento. He was 8-3, 1.88 with 97-23 K-BB in 95 2/3 innings for the River Cats. Yet Lewis was not good enough to make the Nationals’ rotation out of spring training’”the same Nationals who’ve used 13 different starting pitchers this season.

Philadelphia Phillies
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP John Ennis
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Brian Sanches
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Zach Segovia
Reinstated from disabled list: SS Hector Made
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Tim McClaskey

Pittsburgh Pirates
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Taylor Cameron
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Blair Johnson, RHP Mark Moeves

St. Louis Cardinals
Traded: RHP Chris Lambert to Tigers as player to be named in earlier trade for LHP Mike Maroth
Placed on suspended list: RHP Armando Carrasco
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Phillip Andersen, RHP Elvis Hernandez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Hugo Castellanos, RHP Marco Gonzalez, OF Shane Robinson
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Mike Maroth (Triple-A Memphis)

San Diego Padres
Recalled: RHP Jack Cassel, LHP Joe Thatcher
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF William Conlon
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Brent Carter, LHP Shawn Estes, LHP Pascual Juan, LHP Ryan Ketchner, SS Murray Hopley, SS Oscar Robles
Rehabilitation assignment: C Michael Barrett (Triple-A Portland)

San Francisco Giants
Placed on restricted list: C John Ray
Placed on suspended list: RHP Ryan Shaver
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Tyler Walker
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Wayne Foltin, RHP Juan Trinidad
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Ryan Shaver
Option transferred: RHP Billy Sadler (Double-A Connecticut to Triple-A Fresno)

Seattle Mariners
Recalled: RHP Mark Lowe, LHP Jake Woods, C Rene Rivera, SS Oswaldo Navarro, OF Mike Wilson
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Jake Woods, C Rene Rivera, SS Oswaldo Navarro, OF Mike Wilson
Placed on minor league disabled list: 3B Michael Saunders
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Mark Lowe, OF Jon Nelson

The 24-year-old Lowe came on in 2006, when he jumped from high Class A to the big leagues and thrived, but a serious elbow injury’”which required surgery to help regenerate cartilage in the joint’”cut his season short. He made it back to the hill in early July, and back to the M’s July 28, but he was shut down twice in August with elbow soreness.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Recalled: LHP David Price
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Roberto Gil, RHP Scott Welch
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP David Price, OF Elijah Dukes
Option transferred: LHP David Price (short-season Columbus to Rookie-level Princeton)

At least Dukes kept busy while on the inactive list.

Texas Rangers
Draft picks signed: OF Julio Borbon (1-s)
Placed on restricted list: SS Matt West
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Steven Rowe, LHP Michael Kirkman, SS Chad Ogden
Reinstated from disabled list: C Carlos Dominguez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jared Hyatt
Option transferred: OF Julio Borbon (short-season Spokane to Rookie-level AZL Rangers)

West, a second-round pick in June, failed a performance-enhancing drugs test and was suspended for 50 games.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: LHP Joe Kennedy
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Kyle Ginley, LHP Ben Harrison, 2B Howie Clark
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Chi-Hung Cheng
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Michael MacDonald
Reinstated from inactive list: C Alberto Quintana
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Brandon League (Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays)

Washington Nationals
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Jhonatan Solano
Transferred to 60-day disabled list: RHP Andre Enriquez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Moises Corporan, RHP Shane Erb, RHP Johan Figuereo, RHP Abraham Vargas, C John Reagan, 3B Tony Blanco, SS Jake Smolinski

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