Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between July 26 and Aug. 1. The previous installment is available here.

Draft pick signings are in full swing, and the numbers in parentheses below refer to draft rounds. Nondrafted free agents (with schools) also are included. Check out the 2008 Draft Database for draft picks in chronological order.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Ben Dollar (NDFA—Presbyterian (S.C.))
Draft pick signed: RHP Ryan Cook (27)
Recalled: RHP Jailen Peguero
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Micah Owings
Reinstated from DL: C Richard Mercado

Atlanta Braves
Traded:
1B Mark Teixeira to Angels for RHP Stephen Marek and 1B Casey Kotchman
Outrighted to Mexican League: RHP Andy Shibilo
Recalled: RHP Charlie Morton, C Clint Sammons
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony Lerew, RHP Charlie Morton, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Cofield, RHP Steven Figueroa, RHP Phil Stockman, RHP Chris Vines, LHP Lee Hyde, C Chris Anderson, SS Derrick Arnold
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dustin Evans, LHP Jonny Venters, C Ben Johnson, C Ray Serrano
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Scott Thorman (Canadian Olympic team)

Baltimore Orioles
Draft pick signed:
SS Greg Miclat (5)
Released: RHP Robert Burch, RHP Roberto Novoa
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Radhames Liz
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Scott Moore, 3B Matt Tucker
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Mariotti, LHP Randy Keisler, 2B Paco Figueroa, 3B Scott Moore
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jake Arrieta (U.S. Olympic team)

Miclat signed for $225,000.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
SS Zach Penprase (Fargo-Moorhead (Northern))
Draft pick signed: LHP Richie Wasielewski (36)
Released: 3B Chad Spann
Placed on 7-day DL: C Juan Apodaca, C Sandy Madera
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Joseph Guerra, LHP Will Latimer
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jose Alvarez, LHP Carlos Vasquez, 2B Jeff Natale
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Chih-Hsien Chiang (Taiwanese Olympic team), OF Che-Hsuan Lin (Taiwanese Olympic team)

Chicago Cubs
Placed on suspended list:
RHP Julio Castillo
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Gian Guzman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Huseby, RHP Leonel Perez, OF Tony Campana
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Chris Robinson (Canadian Olympic team)

For firing a baseball into the stands and striking a fan, the 20-year-old Castillo was first arrested and charged with felonious assault and then suspended by the Midwest League for 60 games. The righthander, who was pitching for visiting low Class A Peoria at Dayton, helped incite a brawl by hitting two Dragons batters.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
OF Jason Tyner
Recalled: RHP Ehren Wassermann, 2B Danny Richar, 3B Josh Fields
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Robert Hudson
Reinstated from DL: C Eric Hollis, OF Jerry Owens

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
SS Darrick Hale (NDFA—Cal State Los Angeles)
Released: OF Tom Collaro
Placed on suspended list: LHP Shea Snowden
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Todd Coffey, 2B Danny Richar
Reinstated from DL: LHP Drew Bowman, LHP Tzu-Kai Chiu, 3B Aaron Herr, OF Drew Anderson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Will Hudgens, RHP Marcus McBeth, LHP Alexander Smit (Dutch Olympic team), SS Yen-Wen Kuo (Taiwanese Olympic team), OF Andrew Means
Reinstated from inactive list: C Petr Cech, OF Sean Henry

The Reds trade of Ken Griffey to the White Sox is not considered a big league deal because Danny Richar and Nick Masset were both on Chicago’s 40-man roster at the time of the deal. As it turned out, Richar switched International League uniforms, moving from Charlotte to Louisville.

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP James Deters
Traded: RHP Luis Perdomo to Cardinals for RHP Anthony Reyes
Traded: 3B Casey Blake to Dodgers for RHP Jon Meloan and C Carlos Santana
Traded: SS Chris de la Cruz to Marlins for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: SS Andy Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jon Meloan, RHP Anthony Reyes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rob Bryson, RHP Jeff Harris
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Harris, C Armando Camacaro, SS Chris de la Cruz, OF Jose Constanza, OF Todd Martin
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP T.J. Burton (Canadian Olympic team), RHP Jeff Stevens (U.S. Olympic team), OF Nick Weglarz (Canadian Olympic team), OF Jordan Brown, OF Matt LaPorta (U.S. Olympic team)

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Josh Hall (Lancaster (Atlantic)), OF Tom Collaro
Draft picks signed: 2B Jimmy Cesario (46), OF Delta Cleary (37)
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Valerio de los Santos, OF Cory Sullivan
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Speier
Designated for assignment: RHP Alberto Arias
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andy Groves, RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Cory Riordan
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Yull Silano, 3B Leuris Gomez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jon George, RHP Michael Marbry, LHP Brandon Miller
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Casey Weathers (U.S. Olympic team), LHP Keith Weiser, 2B Jayson Nix (U.S. Olympic team), OF Dexter Fowler (U.S. Olympic team)
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Yull Silano, LHP Mark Redman, LHP Keith Weiser, 2B Maikol Gonzalez

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Scot Drucker (Grand Prairie (American Association)), LHP Josh Kite (Sioux Falls (American Association))
Released: RHP Ben Fritz, RHP Matt O’Brien, LHP Juan Cedeno
Recalled: LHP Clay Rapada
Added to 40-man roster: C Dane Sardinha
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Clay Rapada
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Pearson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luke Putkonen, SS Audy Ciriaco, SS Caonabo Cosme, OF Wilkin Ramirez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Blaine Neal (U.S. Olympic team), 3B Mike Hessman (U.S. Olympic team)

Florida Marlins
Signed:
3B Dan Nelson
Released: RHP Marc Gwyn, RHP Kurt Koehler, LHP Chris Michalak
Traded: RHP Gaby Hernandez to Mariners for LHP Arthur Rhodes
Acquired: SS Chris de la Cruz from Indians for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Daniel Barone, LHP Taylor Tankersley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rick VandenHurk, LHP Taylor Tankersley, SS Robert Andino
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Daniel Barone
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Benito Beato, SS Osvaldo Martinez, OF Tom Hickman
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Sandy Rosario
Reinstated from DL: RHP Carlos Martinez, RHP Dallas Trahern, OF Cameron Maybin
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Bob Keppel, OF John Gall (U.S. Olympic team), OF Daron Roberts
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Marc Gwyn, RHP Bob Keppel, OF Daron Roberts

Houston Astros
Draft pick signed:
RHP Ross Seaton (3s)
Released: RHP Joel Santo
Traded: 2B Matt Cusick to Yankees for RHP LaTroy Hawkins
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alberto Arias, RHP Runelvys Hernandez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Evan Englebrook, RHP Kyle Middleton
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Houston
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Brad Dydalewicz, SS Danny Klassen (Canadian Olympic team), OF Devon Torrence, OF Jimmy Van Ostrand (Canadian Olympic team)

The Astros claimed Arias, 24, on waivers after the Rockies designated him for assignment. He has struck out 339 batters and walked 153 in 485 minor league innings, sporting a 4.40 ERA, while working mostly as a reliever.

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
SS Josh Labandeira
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Anthony Bradley
Reinstated from DL: RHP Julio de la Cruz, LHP Ray Liotta, LHP Tyler Lumsden

Los Angeles Angels
Draft pick signed:
SS Rolando Gomez (11)
Released: RHP Tremayne Holland, LHP Gustavo Espinoza
Traded: RHP Stephen Marek and 1B Casey Kotchman to Braves for 1B Mark Teixeira
Placed on restricted list: RHP Tommy Mendoza
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alex McRobbie
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Austen, RHP Tremayne Holland, RHP Alex McRobbie, LHP Gustavo Espinoza
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Kevin Jepsen (U.S. Olympic team), 3B Matt Brown (U.S. Olympic team)
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Tommy Mendoza

Major League Baseball suspended Mendoza, the club’s fifth-round pick in 2005, for 50 games after he tested positive for an amphetamine.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Kieran Mattison (Grand Prairie (American Association))
Traded: RHP Jon Meloan and C Carlos Santana to Indians for 3B Casey Blake
Recalled: RHP Jon Meloan
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Blake DeWitt, 3B Andy LaRoche
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brandon Tuten, SS Rex Rundgren
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Guerra, C Fumimasa Ishibashi
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Mike Koplove (U.S. Olympic team), 3B Terry Tiffee (U.S. Olympic team)

Milwaukee Brewers
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Donovan Hand, C Carlos Corporan, C Angel Salome, 2B Callix Crabbe, SS Michael Garciaparra, OF Brendan Katin
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Travis Nevakshonoff, C Brett Whiteside
Reinstated from DL: RHP Robert Hinton, RHP Ben Howard, 1B Chris Errecart

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Tom Shearn (Samsung (Korea))
Draft pick signed: RHP Mike Tonkin (30)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Nick Papasan, OF Darnell McDonald, IF Tommy Watkins
Reinstated from DL: 1B Johnny Woodard, 2B Brian Dinkelman
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Loek Van Mil (Netherlands Olympic team), LHP Brian Duensing (U.S. Olympic team)

New York Mets
Signed:
SS Ramon Martinez
Placed on suspended list: RHP German Marte, 3B Shawn Bowman
Recalled: LHP Willie Collazo
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brandon Knight
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Willie Collazo
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Brandon Knight
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sal Aguilar
Reinstated from DL: SS Matt Smith
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Brandon Knight (U.S. Olympic team), 2B Emmanuel Garcia (Canadian Olympic team)
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Elvys Quezada, 3B Shawn Bowman

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Victor Zambrano
Traded: RHP LaTroy Hawkins to Astros for 2B Matt Cusick
Traded: RHP Jeff Karstens, RHP Dan McCutchen, RHP Ross Ohlendorf and OF Jose Tabata to Pirates for LHP Damaso Marte and OF Xavier Nady
Traded: SS Alberto Gonzalez to Nationals for RHP Jhonny Nunez
Placed on restricted list: OF Mike Jones
Recalled: RHP Chris Britton, RHP Jeff Karstens, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, LHP Kei Igawa, SS Alberto Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Brett Gardner
Optioned to low Class A: RHP Phil Hughes
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Kei Igawa
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josue Selenes, RHP Eric Wordekemper, RHP Victor Zambrano, SS Braedyn Pruitt, OF Taylor Holiday
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Manuel Barreda
Reinstated from DL: RHP Noel Castillo, RHP Alan Horne, RHP Scott Patterson, RHP Kelvin Perez, C Kevin Russo, OF Erik Lovett, OF Wady Rufino
Option transferred: LHP Chase Wright (Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

Cusick, who hit .285/.356/.462 at low Class A Lexington, entered the year as the Astros’ No. 29 prospect and was dealt for Hawkins, who had been designated for assignment. The Yankees assigned him to high Class A Tampa. Jones played springly at Arizona State in baseball but has exceptional athleticism. He was played on the restricted list to return to playing football for the Sun Devils.

Oakland Athletics
Draft picks signed:
RHP Justin Murray (29), SS Dusty Coleman (28), OF Chris Berroa (11)
Recalled: 2B Eric Patterson
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Wes Bankston, 2B Eric Patterson, OF Matt Murton
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Travis Buck, OF Matt Sulentic
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Windsor
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Trevor Cahill (U.S. Olympic team), LHP Brett Anderson (U.S. Olympic team), SS Gregorio Petit
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Gregorio Petit

Philadelphia Phillies
Recalled:
LHP J.A. Happ, 3B Mike Cervenak
Optioned to low Class A: RHP Adam Eaton
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Dennis Winn
Reinstated from DL: RHP Miguel Matos, RHP Brian Schlitter, OF Javon Moran, OF Chris Snelling
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Steve Green (Canadian Olympic team), RHP Julian Sampson, LHP R.J. Swindle (Canadian Olympic team), C Lou Marson (U.S. Olympic team), SS Jason Donald (U.S. Olympic team)

Cervenak got his first promotion after 3,780 minor league at-bats. The former Michigan star was leading the Triple-A International League in batting at .320 for Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to his promotion.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Ivan Rusova
Traded: LHP Damaso Marte and OF Xavier Nady to Yankees for RHP Jeff Karstens, RHP Dan McCutchen, RHP Ross Ohlendorf and OF Jose Tabata
Placed on military list: C Chris Simmons, OF Cole White
Recalled: OF Steve Pearce, SS Brian Bixler
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jason Davis
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP John Van Benschoten
Designated for assignment: RHP Luis Munoz, OF Chris Duffy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jimmy Barthmaier, RHP Ty Taubenheim, OF Adam Boeve, OF Caleb Fields
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rodolfo Aguirre, 2B Shelby Ford, SS Ray Chang, SS Brian Friday, OF Jorge Cortes, OF Chris Duffy
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Dave Davidson (Canadian Olympic team)
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Mike Colla, OF Adam Boeve

Simmons and White, the Pirates’ 41st- and 42nd-round picks, were called to active duty when the Department of the Army, from where both players were drafted, repealed its controversial alternative service option. The move also affects three other Army draftees: righthanders Drew Clothier (Marlins, 37th round, 2008) and Milan Dinga (Angels, 10th round, 2007) and lefthander Nick Hill (Mariners, seventh round, 2007).

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHPs Brandon Garner, Kyle Sadlowski
Traded: RHP Anthony Reyes to Indians for RHP Luis Perdomo
Placed on restricted list: RHP Josh Wilson
Recalled: RHP Anthony Reyes, OF Nick Stavinoha
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mitchell Boggs, LHP Randy Flores
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Tyler Norrick, 3B Arnoldi Cruz, OF Shane Robinson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake Hawksworth, RHP Mark McCormick, OF James Rapoport
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Brian Barden (U.S. Olympic team)

San Diego Padres
Released:
RHP Robert Garramone
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Cameron
Reinstated from DL: 3B Edinson Rincon

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Mitch Lively (San Angelo (United))
Released: OF Tayler Creswell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Foppert
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nick Pereira, LHP Nathan Pendley, OF Clay Timpner
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Brooks McNiven (Canadian Olympic team), OF Nate Schierholtz (U.S. Olympic team)

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
C Peter Whatley (NDFA—Regis, Colo.), OF Noah Hall
Traded: LHP Arthur Rhodes to Marlins for RHP Gaby Hernandez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Luis Munoz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ricky Orta, RHP Alfredo Venegas, LHP Ryan Ketchner
Reinstated from DL: C Travis Scott
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Brodie Downs, RHP Randy Messenger, 3B Michael Saunders (Canadian Olympic team), OF Kuo-Hui Lo (Taiwanese Olympic team)
Option transferred: RHP Tracy Thorpe and RHP Joe Woerman (both Triple-A Tacoma to Double-A West Tenn)

The Mariners claimed Munoz, 26, on waivers when the Pirates designated him for assignment. He’s gone a career 28-21, 4.21 in 588 minor league innings, with 370 strikeouts and 178 walks in six seasons. Munoz never has pitched in the big leagues.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Craig James, LHP Carlos Hernandez, LHP Heath Phillips
Released: SS Josh Labandeira
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Travis Barnett
Reinstated from DL: SS Josh Labandeira
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jeremy Cummings (U.S. Olympic team)

This is the same Carlos Hernandez who was a hot-shot prospect earlier this decade, ranking as the Astros’ No. 1 in 2002. Signed out of Venezuela in 1997 at age 17, Hernandez reached the big leagues for a cup of coffee just four years later, in 2001. He pitched well for Houston in 2002 as a 22-year-old rookie, going 7-5, 4.38 while striking out 93 in 111 innings, thanks largely to a swing-and-miss curveball he could throw for strikes. It all unraveled for Hernandez, though, when he tore his labrum while diving back into second base later that season. Shoulder surgery knocked him out for the entire 2003 season, and attempts at a comeback never were fully realized in subsequent seasons. In fact, he pitched just 273 innings in the three seasons from 2004 to 2006. But after not pitching at all in 2007, Hernandez was attempting to work has way back with the Rays’ high Class A affiliate in Vero Beach. Gerry Hunsicker, the Rays’ senior vice president of baseball operations, was the Astros’ GM when Hernandez’s star was on the rise.

Texas Rangers
Added to 40-man roster:
2B Ryan Roberts
Optioned to Double-A: C Max Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steve Rowe, RHP Michael Schlact, C Max Ramirez, OF Tim Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Trey Hodges, RHP Omar Poveda, LHP Glenn Swanson, SS Casey Benjamin, OF Grant Gerrard
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Emerson Frostad (Canadian Olympic team), C Mauro Gomez, C Taylor Teagarden (U.S. Olympic team)
Reinstated from inactive list: C Mauro Gomez
Option transferred: C Max Ramirez (Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Oklahoma)

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Marty McLeary (Lotte (Korea))
Draft pick signed: LHP Tyler Ybarra (43)
Recalled: LHP David Purcey
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Richmond
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Dials, RHP Julio Pinto, 2B Scott Campbell
Reinstated from DL: LHP Steven Kelsey, 2B Sean Shoffit, SS Chris Gutierrez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C David Corrente (Canadian Olympic team)

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Andrew Kown, 2B Darryl Lawhorn
Traded: RHP Jhonny Nunez to Yankees for SS Alberto Gonzalez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joey Norrito, RHP Beltran Perez, C Brian Peacock, SS Steven Souza
Reinstated from DL: LHP Mike O’Connor, SS Marco Yepez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Shairon Martis (Dutch Olympic team), 3B Yurendell De Caster (Dutch Olympic team), SS Matt Rogelstad (Canadian Olympic team)

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