Minor League Transactions: April 11-17

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period April 11-17.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Placed on 7-day DL:
3B Jake Lamb

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Erik Hamren (released by Padres, March 27), OF Nick Weglarz (released by Rays, March 24)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gary Moran
Reinstated from DL: 2B Levi Hyams

The Braves continue to scoop up players released by other organizations at the end of spring training. Erik Hamren and Nick Weglarz will join righty Pat Egan and outfielder Kyle Russell at Double-A Mississippi. Among the other pitchers Atlanta signed in late March or early April, Mark Pope and Ryan Woolley reported to high Class A Lynchburg, while Greg Ross began with low Class A Rome.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
2B Paco Figueroa (Southern Maryland (Atlantic))
Released: LHP Rich Rundles
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alex Burnett
Placed on 7-day DL: C Michael Ohlman, 3B Zelous Wheeler
Reinstated from DL: LHP Rich Rundles

Boston Red Sox
Recalled:
RHP Steven Wright
Placed on 7-day DL: C Carson Blair, 2B Jonathan Hee, OF Kendrick Perkins
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeremy Kehrt, C Leonel Escobar, OF Mitch Maier

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Kevin Gregg, C Jose Morales
Released: RHP Jensen Lewis
Recalled: RHP Rafael Dolis
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kevin Gregg
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rafael Dolis
Removed from 40-man: LHP Hisanori Takahashi (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jaye Chapman, RHP Starling Peralta, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, SS Tim Saunders
Reinstated from DL: RHP Esmailin Caridad, RHP Casey Coleman, RHP Matt Loosen, LHP Hunter Cervenka, 2B Ronald Torreyes, OF Anthony Giansanti

Chicago White Sox
Recalled:
RHP Deunte Heath, OF Jordan Danks
Added to 40-man roster: SS Tyler Greene
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Deunte Heath
Designated for assignment: LHP Charlie Leesman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steven Upchurch
Reinstated from DL: C Damaso Espino, 1B Lars Anderson

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Davide Anselmi, 3B Marquez Smith (released by Rangers, April 1)
Released: RHP Blake Hendley, RHP Matt Klinker, RHP Terrell Young, LHP Joseph Krebs, C Jordan Wideman, 2B Adam Muenster, 3B Shane Carlson, OF Dayne Read
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Justin Freeman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Armando Galarraga, RHP Kyle Lotzkar, C Nick O’Shea, 1B Sean Buckley, 1B Carlos Sanchez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Pearl, RHP Daniel Tuttle, LHP Chris Manno, 1B Neftali Soto

The Reds scouted 18-year-old Italian righty Davide Anselmi at the recent MLB European Academies Tournament, according to a Reds notebook at MLB.com.

Cincinnati took care of a little housekeeping with its string of player releases. All eight of the players listed here spent the ’12 season on the inactive list, and some hadn’t played in years, most notably Terrell Young, the top pick in the ’08 Rule 5 draft who retired in ’10, and Blake Hendley, the ’03 11th-rounder who hadn’t played since ’06.

Cleveland Indians
Traded:
LHP Eric Berger to Astros for C Chris Wallace
Recalled: RHP Corey Kluber, LHP Nick Hagadone, 2B Cord Phelps
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Corey Kluber, C Omir Santos
Removed from 40-man: RHP Robert Whitenack (outrighted to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Price, C Alex Lavisky, 2B Matt Antonelli
Reinstated from DL: RHP Bryce Stowell, 2B Cord Phelps, 3B Kyle Bellows

Houston native Chris Wallace provides quality catching depth for Double-A Akron following the trade from his hometown team. He caught 70 games last season, batting .254/.335/.390 in 236 at-bats at Double-A and Triple-A in the Astros system. Wallace earns high marks for his receiving, though he did pop 20 homers two seasons ago, indicating at least modest power.

Colorado Rockies
Traded:
RHP Aaron Harang with cash to Mariners for RHP Steven Hensley
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Russell Brewer, LHP Roberto Padilla, C Tom Murphy, C Michael Ramirez, 1B Matt McBride, 2B Jose Rivera
Reinstated from DL: 3B Sam Mende, OF Rafael Ortega

A fourth-round pick by Seattle in ’08, Steven Hensley has the type of low-90s sinker and mid-80s slider combo you see a lot in big league bullpens, right down to the platoon split. The 26-year-old allowed lefties to hit .296/.424/.528 in 133 plate appearances last year at Double-A and Triple-A, though he handcuffed righty batters, holding them to a .172 average and striking out 22 percent of them.

Detroit Tigers
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Tommy Collier, LHP Joe Rogers, OF Jeff Holm

Houston Astros
Traded:
C Chris Wallace to Indians for LHP Eric Berger
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alex Gillingham, C Tyler Heineman, OF Domingo Santana
Reinstated from DL: 3B Andy Simunic

Lefty Eric Berger allows more power to righthanders, though he didn’t show a dramatic platoon split last year as a starter in Double-A, Triple-A or in the Venezuelan League. He allowed a .721 OPS to lefties and a .756 to righties, yet scouts believe his 90 mph fastball and solid slider will best play in a situational relief role.

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Anthony Ortega
Reinstated from DL: RHP Anthony Ortega, 1B Chad Tracy, 3B Adrian Morales, OF Roman Hernandez

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Kip Wells, OF Brad Hawpe (released by Pirates, March 23)
Released: RHP Joe Melioris
Recalled: 3B Luis Jimenez, OF J.B. Shuck
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Michael Roth
Optioned to Triple-A: OF J.B. Shuck
Removed from 40-man: OF Scott Cousins (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Stephen Tromblee
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joe Melioris

Los Angeles Dodgers
Recalled:
RHP Shawn Tolleson, RHP Josh Wall, C Tim Federowicz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Shelton, C Pratt Maynard, OF Devin Shines
Reinstated from DL: RHP Steve Ames, RHP Juan Noriega, C Jan Vazquez, SS Ozzie Martinez, OF Pat Stover

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP David Aardsma (released by Yankees, April 4)
Optioned to Triple-A: C Kyle Skipworth
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andy Beltre, RHP Robert Morey, C Jake Jefferies, 1B Matt Smith, OF Jake Marisnick, OF Aaron Senne
Option transferred: OF Marcell Ozuna (Double-A to high Class A)
Reinstated from DL: OF Jake Marisnick, OF Marcell Ozuna

Milwaukee Brewers
Reinstated from DL:
SS Hector Gomez

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
OF Oswaldo Arcia
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Liam Hendriks, OF Oswaldo Arcia
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Harold Garcia
Reinstated from DL: LHP Aaron Thompson

New York Mets
Recalled:
RHP Jeurys Familia
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Greg Burke
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Mateo, RHP Cory Mazzoni, C Kai Gronauer
Reinstated from DL: 3B Brian Harrison

Luis Mateo left his Double-A spot start after three innings and 62 pitches with an elbow strain, an injury that prompted the Mets to have an MRI performed.

New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Clay Rapada (re-signed)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Matt Snyder, 2B Angelo Gumbs, SS Anderson Feliz, SS Walter Ibarra
Reinstated from DL: LHP Rigoberto Arrebato

Oakland Athletics
Released:
OF Jordan Tripp
Recalled: OF Shane Peterson, OF Michael Taylor
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Shane Peterson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Arnold Leon, LHP Jordan Norberto
Reinstated from DL: RHP Drew Tyson, C Beau Taylor, SS Addison Russell

Philadelphia Phillies
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Juan Sosa, LHP Austin Wright
Reinstated from DL: LHP Tom Cochran

Pittsburgh Pirates
Elected free agency:
RHP Chris Leroux
Recalled: RHP Phil Irwin, RHP Bryan Morris, OF Alex Presley
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Vin Mazzaro
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Phil Irwin, RHP Bryan Morris, 2B Josh Harrison
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chris Leroux (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle McPherson, OF Adalberto Santos

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Eduardo Sanchez, LHP Danny Miranda, C Jonathan Keener, 3B Stephen Piscotty, OF Nick Martini
Option transferred: RHP Keith Butler (Double-A to Triple-A)
Reinstated from DL: C Juan Castillo

San Diego Padres
Released:
OF Sawyer Carroll
Recalled: 1B Kyle Blanks
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Thad Weber
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Thad Weber
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Branham, RHP Fautino de los Santos, RHP Tayron Guerrero
Reinstated from DL: RHP Greg Gonzalez, RHP Jason Ray, 2B Anthony Contreras, OF Luis Domoromo

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia (released by Cubs, March 12)
Released: RHP Andrew Kown
Recalled: RHP Jean Machi
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Brett Pill
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jorge Bucardo, RHP Cody Hall, RHP Mitch Lively, RHP Scott Shuman, LHP Steven Okert, 3B Adam Duvall, 3B Shayne Houck, SS Kelby Tomlinson, OF Francisco Peguero, OF Rafael Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brett Bochy, RHP Austin Fleet, RHP Shane Loux, RHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Justin Schumer, LHP Chris Gloor, LHP Carlos Teller, C Trevor Brown, C Brad Moss, C Jesus Navarro, 3B Myles Schroder

Seattle Mariners
Released:
OF Kalian Sams
Traded: RHP Steven Hensley to Rockies for RHP Aaron Harang and cash
Elected free agency: RHP D.J. Mitchell
Recalled: RHP Yoervis Medina
Added to 40-man roster: OF Endy Chavez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Bobby LaFromboise
Removed from 40-man: RHP D.J. Mitchell (outrighted to Triple-A)
Option transferred: RHP Hector Noesi (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Brazis, RHP Bobby Shore, 2B Patrick Brady, OF Nathan Melendres
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tyler Blandford, RHP Moises Hernandez, C Marcus Littlewood, 2B Dillon Hazlett, 3B Stefen Romero, OF Joe Dunigan, OF Kalian Sams

Tampa Bay Rays
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Jeff Beliveau
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Albert Suarez, LHP Mike Montgomery, LHP Jimmy Patterson, C Luke Bailey
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Quate, C Juan Apodaca

Texas Rangers
Recalled:
RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Justin Miller
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Zach Cone
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin Miller, RHP Tyler Tufts, LHP Richard Bleier

Zach Cone hasn’t played for high Class A Myrtle Beach since April 12 as he deals with a foot injury.

Update (April 22): Cone’s diagnosis has changed to torn left Achilles tendon, an injury that probably knocks him out for the rest of the season.

Toronto Blue Jays
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Ramon Ortiz, SS Munenori Kawasaki
Removed from 40-man: RHP Edgar Gonzalez, RHP Jeremy Jeffress (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Option transferred: LHP Evan Crawford (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Clint Everts, OF Michael Crouse, OF Jonathan Jones, OF Brian Van Kirk
Reinstated from DL: RHP Fernando Hernandez, RHP Bobby Korecky, LHP Evan Crawford, C Pierce Rankin, 2B Lance Zawadzki, OF Nick Baligod

Washington Nationals
Signed:
C Kevin Flynn (Lincoln (American Association)), C Thor Meeks (NDFA—Marshall), SS Jose Savinon
Recalled: C Jhonatan Solano
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rob Wort, LHP Bryan Harper, C Andruth Ramirez, 3B Blake Kelso, 3B Carlos Lopez, OF Corey Brown, OF J.R. Higley, OF Eury Perez, OF Steven Souza
Reinstated from DL: C Andruth Ramirez, C Kris Watts, OF Wander Ramos