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Minor League Transactions

This post documents all transactions reported between April 21-30.

Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Recalled: RHP Dustin Nippert, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yusmeiro Petit, RHP Mike Schultz
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Micah Owings (Triple-A Tucson)

Owings missed time with a strained hamstring.

Atlanta Braves
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Paul Bush, RHP Jose Santiago, RHP Rich Scalamandre, RHP Phil Stockman, OF Jon Mark Owings
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Kevin Barry
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Kevin Barry, C Cole Flowers
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Lance Cormier (low Class A Rome)

Owings heads to the disabled list with a strained oblique; his injury comes within days of his brother Micah beginning a rehab stint with the Diamondbacks. Cormier was experiencing inflammation in his right triceps muscle.

Baltimore Orioles
Released: LHP Carlos Jan, 1B Dustin Yount, SS Jason Bowers
Recalled: RHP James Johnson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP James Johnson
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Sandy Madera, 2B David Cash, OF Nolan Reimold
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Jason Dubois, OF Arturo Rivas
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Jaret Wright, C Ramon Hernandez (high Class A Frederick)

Dubois’ career seemed to be gathering steam after he won the Arizona Fall League MVP award in 2003 while with the Cubs, but he’s received only sporadic big league time since then. The Indians acquired him from Chicago in July 2005 in exchange for Jody Gerut. Entering the season, Dubois, 28, was a career .295/.378/.540 hitter with 117 home runs in the minors. Reimold, the Orioles’ second-round pick in 2005, was out with a strained oblique.

Boston Red Sox
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Runelvys Hernandez, LHP Mario Pena, C Jonathan Still
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Mike Burns, RHP Kevin Guyette, SS Tony Granadillo

Chicago Cubs
Recalled: RHP Rocky Cherry
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Alberto Alburquerque, RHP William Muldowney, 3B Matt Craig
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Sean Marshall, OF Sam Fuld

Cherry, a 14th-round pick in 2002, made a smooth transition to the bullpen with Double-A West Tenn last season, going 4-1, 2.22 with 50-14 strikeouts-walks ratio in 49 innings. He nearly made the big league club out of spring training and got the call when Wade Miller went on the DL.

Chicago White Sox
Released: RHP Joe Gannon, LHP Logan Williamson
Recalled: 1B Casey Rogowski, SS Andy Gonzalez, OF Ryan Sweeney
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Andy Gonzalez
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 1B Casey Rogowski
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Bret Prinz, LHP Ryan Rodriguez

Gonzalez plays all over the diamond and exhibits modest hitting and on-base skills. Even if it’s not for the Good Guys–er, White Sox–he’s likely to have a high-utility career for some team. He was a career .261/.354/.360 hitter entering the year, and a hot start at Triple-A Charlotte earned him a brief call up. Williamson is a 2004 draft-and-follow who had accumulated just 14 1/3 innings above Rookie ball.

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
RHP Jarred Leach, LHP Matt Clark
Placed on restricted list: RHP Jeremy Burchett
Placed on suspended list: OF Tonys Gutierrez
Recalled: RHP Brad Salmon
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Marcus McBeth, 2B Jeff Keppinger
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Brock Till, LHP Travis Wood, 1B Jesse Gutierrez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Robert Manuel, C John Purdom
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Tonys Gutierrez

Salmon is in his ninth season as a Red, but is only now getting his first big league look. He owns a low-93-95 mph sinker and a slider, and has posted strong strikeout rates since converting to relief in 2003 while at high Class A Potomac. Last season, Salmon fanned 72 Triple-A batters in 58 innings while with Louisville. McBeth was acquired from the A’s for outfielder Chris Denorfia, who’s out after having Tommy John surgery. That trade, though, is not reflected in this post. McBeth joins the same organization as LHP Jon Coutlangus, a member of Cincinnati’s bullpen. McBeth played at South Carolina just before Coutlangus–both were starting center fielders and converted to pitching in pro ball.

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Tim Drew
Traded: RHP Dan Denham to Athletics for cash
Placed on voluntarily retired list: RHP Jason Beverlin
Recalled: OF Shin-Soo Choo
Reinstated from disabled list: 2B Trent Durrington
Rehabilitation assignment: 3B Andy Marte (Triple-A Buffalo)

Drew’s return to the organization that drafted him was short-lived; he did not appear in a game. Marte is working his way back from a strained left hamstring. Denham, the 17th overall pick of the 2001 draft, has had an up-and-down pro career, but with 47-40, 4.44 numbers in six seasons, it’s been mostly down. Still just 23 and with a couple bright spots on his resume–like a 3.15 ERA, 108 strikeouts, 30 walks in 140 innings effort in 2005 for Double-A Akron–it’s easy to see why Oakland would have interest.

Colorado Rockies
Signed: LHP Andrew Coffey, OF Scott Robinson
Released: LHP Henry Guzman
Placed on voluntarily retired list: LHP Dave Bechtold
Recalled: RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Ryan Speier
Selected to major league roster: RHP Bob Keppel
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Speier
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Matt Herges
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jonathan Asahina, C Neil Wilson, 2B Frank Menechino, SS Jason Van Kooten
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Judson Songster, C Agustin Sanchez
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Byung-Hyun Kim (Triple-A Colorado Springs)

Bautista has been a prospect in perpetuity since 2001, the year of our very first Prospect Handbook (Page 176). Because he’s still just 26 and because he generates mid-90s velocity and oodles of groundballs, teams have been eager to take chances on him, despite his 6.48 big league ERA. The Marlins signed him in 2000 and traded him to the Orioles for Jeff Conine during their World Series run in 2003. Bautista also has spent time with the Royals, and was included in their trade with the Rockies for Ryan Shealy last July. The Rockies have tried him out in the bullpen this season, with favorable results.

Detroit Tigers
Placed on restricted list:
RHP Sendy Vasquez
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Dusty Ryan

Vasquez is serving a 50-game suspension for failing performance-enhancing drug test.

Florida Marlins
Signed: RHP Justin Miller, RHP Jimmy Serrano, SS Chase Lambin
Released: 2B Zach Sorensen
Placed on suspended list: 1B Ryan Bear
Selected to major league roster: RHP Nate Field, RHP Wes Obermueller
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Scott Tyler, RHP Rick Vanden Hurk
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jesus Delgado, 3B Jacob Blackwood, OF David Mense
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jason Jarrett, OF Scott Cousins, OF Kris Harvey
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Ryan Bear
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Sergio Mitre (Triple-A Albuquerque), RHP Ricky Nolasco (high Class A Jupiter)

The Marlins acquired solid minor league relievers in Miller and Serrano and a recently-discarded Lambin, who switch-hits and plays all over the infield. The downside is that he hasn’t hit much above Double-A. Delgado, acquired from the Red Sox in the Josh Beckett trade, is out with a right latissimus strain. A second-round pick of the Royals in 1999, Obermuller joins his fourth organization, counting also the Brewers and Braves.

Houston Astros
Signed: RHP Travis Phelps
Selected to major league roster: LHP Stephen Randolph, OF Hunter Pence
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jimmy Barthmaier, RHP Bud Norris
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Wallace Torbert
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Scott Sauerbeck

Pence, 24, gets his chance to help improve the Astros’ flagging, fifth-from-the-bottom offense. His .341/.398/.588 effort for Triple-A Round Rock portends good things.

Kansas City Royals
Released: RHP Dewon Brazelton, RHP Leo Estrella, RHP Mark Jecmen, C Jared Price
Recalled: RHP Brian Bannister
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Neal Musser
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jason Standridge
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Angelo Morales, SS Andres Blanco, OF Jarrod Dyson
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Dan Cortes, RHP Leo Estrella, C Jared Price, 2B Geraldo Valentin

Things haven’t gone as planned for Brazelton, 26, the third overall pick of the 2001 draft. The Devil Rays selected him for his big-time fastball and perceived proximity to the big leagues, but while Brazelton actually did pitch for Tampa Bay in each of his first four seasons, the results–a 6.38 ERA and more walks (151) than strikeouts (145)–were clearly unacceptable. The Rays shipped Brazelton to the Padres for fellow stalled prospect Sean Burroughs following the 2005 season. The Royals took a shot on the righthander this season, but after four starts, four losses and a 7.11 ERA, they, too, severed ties. For all his warts, Brazelton will likely find another suitor because of his draft pedigree and 22-29, 3.98 numbers in 76 minor league starts entering the year. Jecmen was once considered an interesting project but with a huge 6-foot-8 frame, he never threw consistent strikes. Cortes was the throw-in to the Mike MacDougal-for-Tyler Lumsden deal consummated with the White Sox last July.

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
RHP Kyle Edens, RHP Robert Romero, C Brent Del Chiaro
Selected to major league roster SS Brandon Wood
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Joe Saunders, 1B Kendry Morales, OF Tommy Murphy
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Trevor Bell, RHP Pedro Herrera, RHP Darren O’Day, RHP Jesse Smith
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP James Holcomb, 3B Mark Trumbo
Rehabilitation assignment: SS Chone Figgins (Triple-A Salt Lake)

Wood’s call-up could have been anticipated given the Angels’ incumbent third basemen were Maicer Izturis and Robb Quinlan, but was still surprising in that he wasn’t on the 40-man roster at the time. Wood went 1-for-his-first-8 in the majors with four strikeouts. Saunders was optioned to the minors when Bartolo Colon returned, despite tossing six shutout innings in his April 20 start against the Mariners. Saunders honored the Virginia Tech shooting victims by wearing the hat of his alma mater.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Optioned to Triple-A:
OF Matt Kemp
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Harold Eckert
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Tim Hamulack
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Matt Kemp (Triple-A Las Vegas)

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Nick Tyson, OF Jose Rangel
Released: RHP Devin Rogers
Selected to major league roster: RHP Chris Spurling
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Greg Aquino
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP D.J. Lidyard, RHP Kevin Roberts, 1B John Alonso, 1B Ed Yost, 3B Adam Heether
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jeremy Hall, RHP Devin Rogers, LHP Lindsay Gulin, LHP Jose Romero, LHP David Welch, 1B Andrew Lefave, SS Ryan Barba, OF Ron Davenport

When the Brewers needed a reliever to replace the demoted Aquino, they opted for Spurling, passing over Jose Capellan, who was still sulking from not making the Opening Day roster.

Minnesota Twins
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Lew Ford (Triple-A Rochester)

New York Mets
Placed on minor league disabled list: 3B Nick Evans, OF Victor Mendez, OF Lastings Milledge, RHP Jacob Ruckle
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Jamar Hill

Milledge left Triple-A New Orleans’ April 23 game with soreness in his foot, which was later diagnosed as sprained ligaments. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks.

New York Yankees
Released: LHP Erick Burke
Selected to major league roster: RHP Phil Hughes
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Colter Bean, RHP Chris Britton, OF Kevin Thompson
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Chase Wright
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Tim Norton
Reinstated from disabled list: 3B Eric Duncan, OF Austin Jackson
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Daniel McCutchen

Hughes struck out five and allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his big league debut April 26. He became the ninth pitcher to start for the Yankees in April. One of the reasons Hughes, 21, was even in the majors was because Wright had given up seven runs in his eight big league innings, before a demotion back to Trenton.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Scott Dunn
Released: RHP Scott Dunn
Acquired: RHP Dan Denham from Indians for cash
Recalled: RHP Marcus McBeth
Selected to major league roster: LHP Dallas Braden, OF Danny Putnam
Optioned to Triple-A: C Adam Melhuse
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Brad Halsey
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jeff Coleman
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jeff Muessig, LHP Dan Meyer, LHP Derek Tharpe
Rehabilitation assignment: 1B Dan Johnson (Triple-A Sacramento)

Surprise callups went to Braden and Putnam when Rich Harden and Milton Bradley both went on the DL. Braden won his big league debut April 24 with six, one-run innings, but that did nothing to ease the sting Halsey felt for being passed over. Held out of a Sacramento game, Halsey figured he would take Harden’s rotation spot, but Braden got the job instead. The 23-year-old Braden, a 24th-round pick in 2004, entered the season with 23-6, 3.69 numbers with 249-60 strikeouts-walks in 217 innings. Putnam, the 36th overall pick out of Stanford in 2004, was hitting .327/.386/.615 in his repeat of Double-A Midland. He went to the same high school (Rancho Bernardo) in San Diego as Hank Blalock and Cole Hamels. Like Halsey, Melhuse also felt spurned after being optioned to Triple-A, which left Oakland with only Mike Piazza to back up regular catcher Jason Kendall.

Philadelphia Phillies
Released: RHP Alex McEnaney, RHP Mike McTamney, RHP Chris Raulinaitis, LHP Jim Crowell
Recalled: LHP Fabio Castro
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Matt Smith
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Charles Weatherby, OF Branden Florence
Reinstated from inactive list: C Jason Hill
Returned Rule 5 selection: C Ryan Budde

The Phillies understandably changed lefty relievers, substituting Castro for Smith, who had walked 11 and struck out just one in four big league innings. Smith came to Philadelphia in the trade that sent Bobby Abreu to New York.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
SS Jason Bowers
Released: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP Jim Brower, 3B Mike Edwards
Recalled: C Ryan Doumit
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Juan Perez
Placed on minor league disabled list: 3B Chris Truby, OF Victor Buttler, LHP Josh Shortslef
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP Mike Nannini, 3B Mike Edwards, OF Matt Meath

Doumit hit .415/.493/.717 for Triple-A Indianapolis to lead the IL in all three categories at the time of his call up. For good measure, his 20 RBIs also were tops.

St. Louis Cardinals
Selected to major league roster:
RHP Kelvin Jimenez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Randy Keisler
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Michael Sillman, 3B Jared Schweitzer
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Kyle McClellan, SS John Nelson
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Juan Encarnacion (Double-A Springfield)

San Diego Padres
Recalled:
3B Oscar Robles
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Aaron Rakers
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP John Madden, RHP Tim Stauffer, OF Nick Crosta

Robles was a third-round pick of the Astros in 1994 who made it as high as Triple-A in 1997 before departing for the Mexican League, where he spent the 2000-2003 seasons. The Dodgers brought him stateside in 2004 and he’s been a useful switch-hitting utilityman at Triple-A and the big leagues. Stauffer is coming back from an ankle sprain.

San Francisco Giants
Placed on minor league disabled list:
OF Ben Copeland

Seattle Mariners
Recalled: RHP Cha Seung Baek
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Chad Fillinger, RHP Enrique Orta, 1B Gerardo Avila
Placed on restricted list: C Brian Schweiger, SS Eriberto Menchaca, SS Rey Ordonez
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Juan Zapata
Reinstated from inactive list: C Craig Hurba, C Brian Schweiger, SS Eriberto Menchaca, SS Rey Ordonez

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Released: OF Jason Grabowski
Recalled: 2B Jorge Cantu
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jeff Kamrath, LHP James Houser
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Brian Lockwood, RHP Evan Meek, OF Jason Grabowski, OF Dustan Mohr, OF Ryan Royster

Hellickson returned to action April 24 by tossing six shutout innings, striking out six, in his full-season debut for low Class A Columbus.

Texas Rangers
Signed: LHP Onan Masaoka
Recalled: RHP Frank Francisco
Selected to major league roster: RHP Willie Eyre
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Bruce Chen
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Todd Donovan
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Patrick Donovan, LHP Scott Rice, C Hunter Harrigan

Donovan crashed into the unpadded portion of the wall at Dr Pepper Stadium and was knocked unconscious in an April 21 game. He was taken by helicopter to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion but no broken bones. Donovan also had a swollen eye, and doctors were not sure if there would be long-term damage to the eye. (Evan Grant)

Toronto Blue Jays
Placed on restricted list: RHP Matt Roney
Selected to major league roster: LHP Brian Tallet, C Sal Fasano
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jamie Vermilyea, 2B Ryan Roberts
Designated for assignment: 3B John Hattig
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 3B John Hattig
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Yesson Berroa, LHP Daryl Harang, OF Luke Hetherington, OF Ryan Patterson
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP John Thomson (high Class A Dunedin)

Roney was suspended for 50 games by MLB for failing a drug of abuse test. Hattig became the first native of Guam to play in the majors by appearing in 13 games with the Blue Jays in 2006. When he suited up for Toronto, Fasano joined his eighth big league team, having also played for the Royals, A’s, Rockies, Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Yankees. The consummate big league backup catcher, Fasano has eclipsed 200 at-bats in a season just once, and that came in 1998. Now in his 15th year as a pro, the 35-year-old Fasano was hitting .257/.346/.493 in 710 minor league games entering the year. Patterson missed just a month of the season after a quick recovery from a grisly broken forearm he sustained during spring training when he was struck by a pitch.

Washington Nationals
Released: 3B J.D. Reininger
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Dan Foli, RHP Joel Hanrahan, C Brian Peacock, 3B Tony Blanco, 3B Leonard Davis
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jason Simontacchi, LHP Juan de los Santos, 3B Brandon Larson, 2B Bernie Castro
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Ray King (Double-A Harrisburg)

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