Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between April 12 and 18.

Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jailen Peguero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matthew Green
Rehab assignment: C Miguel Montero (Triple-A Tucson)

Atlanta Braves
Signed: 2B Brandon Powell
Released: RHP Raul Gonzalez, 1B Scott Spiezio
Recalled: RHP Buddy Carlyle
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Vines, 3B Van Pope
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Vines, LHP Kelvin Villa, OF Quentin Davis

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: C Brian Valichka
Released: RHP Dan Lonsberry, OF Greg Burgess
Recalled: RHP Jim Johnson
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Scott Moore
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Billy Rowell, OF Mike Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: OF Paul Winterling
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Roberto Novoa, SS Alex Cintron

Rowell is still suffering from the ill effects of a turned ankle sustained on opening night. His season line: 0-for-1 with high Class A Frederick. Orioles correspondent Roch Kubatko has details:

"I’m told he’s close to being ready. (High Class A) Frederick needed another player and couldn’t afford to wait any longer. The move is backdated, so it shouldn’t be long."


Boston Red Sox
Added to 40-man roster:
2B Joe Thurston
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Bryan Corey, RHP Kyle Snyder
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Blackey, RHP Jordan Craft, RHP Devern Hansack, 3B Zach Daeges
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Goodson, RHP Scott Lonergan, LHP Carlos Vasquez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Aaron Bates
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Eric Hull
Granted free agency: RHP Bryan Corey

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Faider Montero
Recalled: 2B Eric Patterson
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Yusuf Carter
Reinstated from DL: 2B Ryne Malone
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Faider Montero

Chicago White Sox
Optioned to Triple-A:
OF Jerry Owens
Option transferred: RHP Jack Egbert (Triple-A Charlotte to Double-A Birmingham)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brian Omogrosso, RHP Miguel Socolovich, OF Jeff DaVanon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jack Egbert, LHP Shaun Babula
Rehab assignment: OF Jerry Owens (Charlotte)

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
RHP Ricky Stone
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin James, SS Jerry Gil, OF Danny Dorn
Reinstated from DL: LHP Scott Sauerbeck, 1B Kevin Barker

Cleveland Indians
Recalled: RHP Tom Mastny
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Matt Meyer, 1B Stephen Head
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Andy Gonzalez
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Andy Gonzalez

Colorado Rockies
Released: OF Joe Gaetti
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP James Burok, OF Travis Becktel
Reinstated from DL: OF Joe Gaetti

Detroit Tigers
Signed: RHP Yorman Bazardo
Released: LHP Aaron Fultz
Recalled: RHP Armando Galarraga, OF Ryan Raburn
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Yorman Bazardo, RHP Francis Beltran
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brett Jensen, RHP Marcelo Perez
Rehab assignment: OF Curtis Granderson (low Class A West Michigan)

Florida Marlins
Signed: RHP Steve Woodard
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Shawn Phillips, RHP Rick VandenHurk, C Justin Webb
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Josh Roberts
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Basurto, LHP Sean West, SS Guillermo Martinez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Torre Langley
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Tim Wood

From Marlins’ No. 2 starter to Double-A to the disabled list, VandenHurk was experiencing ulnar-nerve soreness, necessitating a trip to the DL. He had made just one start for Carolina, going 5 2/3 and giving up three runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits was a home run, but he did strike out seven.

Houston Astros
Signed: RHP Jack Cassel
Released: RHP Mike DeJean
Added to 40-man roster: C Humberto Quintero, OF David Newhan
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF David Newhan
Reinstated from DL: 2B Edwin Maysonet
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Mike DeJean, LHP Tim Byrdak

Kansas City Royals
Recalled:
RHP Joel Peralta
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Peterson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Crist

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: C Chad Miller (South Coast League in ’07), 2B Adam Morrissey, OF Jordan Czarniecki
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alex Serrano
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Reggie Willits
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Aaron Peel
Reinstated from DL: RHP Esmerlin Jimenez
Rehab assignment: RHP Chris Bootcheck (high Class A Rancho Cucamonga)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ramon Troncoso
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Ramon Martinez
Rehab assignment: SS Nomar Garciaparra (Triple-A Las Vegas)

A surprise to even make the Dodgers, sinkerballing Troncoso was farmed out when Garciaparra came off the DL.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: RHP Jeff Weaver
Recalled: LHP Mitch Stetter
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Hernan Iribarren
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jared Sutton, C Eric Munson
Reinstated from DL: C J.R. Hopf
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jeff Weaver, C Carlos Pena

California-born Weaver is still just 31 and has had his finest seasons while playing for teams based in the Midwest (Tigers, Cardinals), so maybe the Brewers are on to something. On the other hand, he hasn’t had a good year since 2005, when he went 14-11, 4.22 for the Dodgers.

Minnesota Twins
Recalled: LHP Francisco Liriano
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Daniel Berg
Reinstated from DL: RHP Danny Graves, OF Darnell McDonald
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Tim Lahey
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Tim Lahey

New York Mets
Released: RHP Garry Bakker, LHP Kevin Tomasiewicz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carlos Muniz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stephen Clyne, LHP Nathan Vineyard, OF Jamar Hill, OF Richard Pena, OF Raul Reyes
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Brandon Nall, RHP Claudio Vargas
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Brandon Nall

Vineyard is out with a left shoulder strain. He was off to a tough start: 0-2, 14.63 with 13 hits allowed, 13 runs and six walks in eight innings for low Class A Savannah.

New York Yankees
Recalled: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo
Added to 40-man roster: C Chad Moeller
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Smith, 3B Bradley Suttle

A pulled leg muscle had sidelined Suttle, who got off to a 14-for-38 start (.368) for low Class A Charleston.

Oakland Athletics
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kirk Saarloos
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Madsen, SS Eduardo Cornejo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Leonardo Espinal, LHP Dan Meyer, 3B Jeff Baisley
Returned Rule 5 selection: RHP Fernando Hernandez (to White Sox)

Philadelphia Phillies
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Pope, RHP William Savage
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jason Kershner

Pittsburgh Pirates
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Jose Diaz, RHP Duke Welker, C Michel Hernandez, C Miguel Perez, 2B Shelby Ford, 3B Luis Ordaz, OF Alex Presley
Reinstated from DL: RHP Christian Castorri, C Carlos Maldonado, OF Pedro Powell

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
LHP Josh Fritsche, LHP Ryan Riddle
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kelvin Jimenez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Joe Rogers, OF Daryl Jones
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Scherer, C Matt Pagnozzi, OF James Rapoport
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Wayne Daman
Rehab assignment: LHP Mark Mulder, SS Brendan Ryan (both high Class A Palm Beach)

San Diego Padres
Recalled: RHP Kevin Cameron
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Enrique Gonzalez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Adams, SS Jon Schemmel, OF Angel Mercado
Reinstated from DL: SS Jon Schemmel, OF Danny Payne

San Francisco Giants
Recalled:
OF John Bowker
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Keiichi Yabu, OF Clay Timpner

Barry who? Bowker, 24, has served as a one-man wrecking crew for San Francisco, batting .364/.400/.846 with home runs in his first two games and three overall, to go with a triple and nine RBIs through 22 at-bats. A third-round pick from Long Beach State in 2004, Bowker got off to a fast start in short-season ball before fizzling in the Cal League in both ’05 and ’06. He put himself on the prospect map with a breakthrough ’07 campaign for Connecticut, batting .307/.363/.523 and leading all Eastern Leaguers with 63 extra-base hits and 273 total bases.

Seattle Mariners
Signed: OF Charlton Jimerson, OF Brendan O’Donnell (American Association as well as Frontier and South Coast leagues in ’07)
Released: OF Bronson Sardinha
Placed on suspended list: OF Bronson Sardinha
Recalled: RHP R.A. Dickey, RHP Brandon Morrow
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Arthur Rhodes, 3B Greg Norton
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Eric O’Flaherty
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Charlton Jimerson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steven Richard
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Ryan Ketchner, OF Bronson Sardinha
Granted free agency: OF Charlton Jimerson

Erik Bedard is nursing a sore hip, and the Mariners have started a so-so 10-10, meaning a roster shakeup was all but inevitable. Struggling lefty reliever O’Flaherty was sent down, as was reserve outfielder Jimerson, to make room for knuckleballer Dickey, flame-throwing reliever Morrow, ancient Mariner Rhodes and switch-hitting first baseman/left fielder Norton. O’Flaherty, in particular, has had a rough go at things, giving up an unbelievable 15 runs and 16 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Brock Till, LHP Kurt Birkins, C Josh Johnson
Released: LHP Brian Anderson
Placed on restricted list: LHP Jonathan Barratt
Recalled: RHP Jeff Niemann, LHP Kurt Birkins
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Evan Longoria
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP J.K. Ryu, LHP Kurt Birkins
Designated for assignment: RHP Calvin Medlock
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Garrett Groce
Reinstated from DL: RHP Steve Andrade, LHP Brian Anderson, OF Jackson Brennan

Anderson fell short in his comeback bid, injuring his elbow and ending his career as a player. He already has had two Tommy John surgeries, and now he’ll embark on a coaching career as assistant to Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey. And oh yeah, the Rays locked up Longoria for a guaranteed six years and $17.5 million. If it sounds like the longest, most lucrative deal ever handed out to a player in his first year, that’s because it is. And if any player is worth it, it’s Longoria.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Longoria’s former Long Beach State teammate, signed his six-year, $31 million pact this year, after finishing second in Rookie of the Year balloting in ’07.

Texas Rangers
Signed: RHP Kazuo Fukumori, RHP Jose Jaimes
Released: SS David Peterson
Recalled: RHP Thomas Diamond, RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Wes Littleton
Added to 40-man roster: 2B German Duran
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kazuo Fukumori
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Scott Feldman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Corey Ragsdale, RHP Steve Rowe, LHP Bill White
Reinstated from DL: RHP Thomas Diamond, SS Marcus Lemon
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP Robinson Tejeda

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Brandon League, OF Buck Coats
Recalled: LHP David Purcey, 2B Joe Inglett
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon League, OF Buck Coats
Placed on 7-day DL: C C.J. Ebarb, 1B Josh Kreuzer
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brandon Camardese
Returned Rule 5 selection: RHP Randy Wells (to Cubs)

Washington Nationals
Signed: RHP Joey Norrito
Released: LHP Eude Brito
Added to 40-man roster: C Wil Nieves
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jason Bergmann, RHP Chris Schroder, C Jesus Flores
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Hassan Pena, RHP Levale Speigner
Rehab assignment: OF Wily Mo Pena (Triple-A Columbus)

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